Research Opportunities and Resources

Current Opportunities


Early Investigator opportunities for Faculty

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
ROSES 2017: Solar Irradiance Science Team
Funding Opportunity Number:  NNH17ZDA001N-SIST
Letter of Intent Deadline:  August 4, 2017
Application Deadline:  October 6, 2017

The purpose of the Solar Irradiance Science Team (SIST) is to support the development of consistent multi-instrument/multiplatform space-based data sets of solar irradiance (both total and spectrally resolved). The data sets should be useful as input to global models (e.g., general circulation models, atmospheric chemistry/transport models) and data assimilation systems, so that the effects of variations in solar output can be properly represented and their impacts on the Earth system investigated.
Link:  NNH17ZDA001N-SIST

Department of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Advanced Manufacturing Office
Advanced Manufacturing Graduate-Level Traineeships
Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0001790
Deadline for Submission of Concept Papers August 8, 2017
Full Application Deadline: September 13, 2017

DOE intends to fund university-led Traineeship Programs that address workforce training needs in the early-stage technology area of advanced materials and process technologies of high importance to manufacturing. These objectives guide the traineeship efforts: • Advance the DOE mission to advance specific STEM workforce competencies required for addressing science and energy challenges. • Address priority STEM workforce needs and identified gaps in early-stage advanced manufacturing technology with focus on critical STEM disciplines and competencies where DOE-relevant early-stage technology areas are not being leveraged to support specific DOE mission responsibilities.

Link:  DE-FOA-0001790

Office of Naval Research
Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF)
Funding Opportunity Number:  N00014-17-S-F015
Preliminary Application Due Date:  August 16, 2017
Full Application Due Date: January 8, 2018

VBFF supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as opportunities intended to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense workforce. Objectives of the program are to:
• Support unclassified basic scientific and engineering research that could be the foundation for future revolutionary new capabilities for DoD
• Educate and train student and post-doctoral researchers for the defense workforce
• Foster long-term relationships between university researchers and the DoD
• Familiarize university researchers and their students with DoD’s current and projected future challenges
• Increase the number of talented technical experts that DoD can call upon.
This FOA is for single investigator grant proposals for basic research in one or more of the following technical subject categories of interest to the DoD:

  • Engineering Biology
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Novel Engineered Materials
  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • Manufacturing Science
  • Other fields of research with high potential

Link: N00014-17S-F015

Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research
FY2018 Basic Research Challenge (BRC) Program
Funding Opportunity Number:  N00014-17-S-BA13
Letter of Intent:  August 18, 2017
Application Deadline:  November 17, 2017

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for basic research relating to the following topic areas: Topic 1 Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra for Large-Scale, Efficient Matrix Computations Topic 2 Levitated Optomechanics Topic 3 Exploring Compositional Space to Predict and Evolve Multi-Principal Element Alloys Topic 4 Guaranteed Performance of Multibody Control Systems  
Link:  N00014-17-S-BA13

National Science Foundation
Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)
Funding Opportunity Number:  NSF 17-564
Preliminary Application Due Date:  September 11, 2017
Full Application Due Date: October 12, 2017

The CCI Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities and make full use of cyberinfrastructure to enhance collaborations. CCIs may partner with researchers from industry, government laboratories and international organizations. CCIs integrate research, innovation, education, and informal science communication and include a plan to broaden participation of underrepresented groups.

CCI awards support the formation and development (Phase I) or sustained funding (Phase II) of research centers that can address major research challenges in fundamental chemistry. Successful centers will tackle challenges of large scope and impact, producing transformative research leading to innovation and enhanced economic competitiveness. CCI awards will bring researchers with shared and complementary interests into productive contact to nurture a culture of risk-taking and innovation.


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/ Defense Sciences Office (DSO)
Disruption Opportunity Special Notice: Imaging Through Almost Anything, Anywhere (ITA3)
Funding Opportunity Number: DARPA-SN-17-72
Application Due Date: Sep 11, 2017

DARPA invites proposals for innovative basic or applied research concepts that explore physical systems and/or math and computational systems through the lens of fundamental limits and new foundations. This special notice describes a funding opportunity to investigate imaging through structures and complex media by exploiting background signals of very low frequencies. Such signals are readily measured using today’s sensitive detector technologies and range from ELF to VLF (3 Hz up to 30kHz)
Link: DARPA-SN-17-72

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/ Defense Sciences Office (DSO)
Disruption Opportunity Special Notice: Fundamental Design (FUN DESIGN)
Funding Opportunity Number: DARPA-SN-17-71
ApplicationDue  Date: Sep 11, 2017

The goal of the Fundamental Design (FUN DESIGN) program is to investigate new fundamental computational and mathematical building blocks to represent conceptual designs of mechanical systems and enable the generation of novel configurations through the exploration of various combinations of these design building blocks. The ability to mathematically represent the preliminary components of a design as a formula enables the designer to discover new and improved species of designs by changing the build formulas, for example, through perturbation, combining best of breed formulas, and by elimination
Link:  DARPA-SN-17-71

Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus  (M3X)
Funding Opportunity Number:  NSF PD 17-058Y
Application Due Date:  September 15, 2017
The Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X) program supports fundamental research at the intersection of mind, machine and motor. A distinguishing characteristic of the program is an integrated treatment of human intent, perception, and behavior in interaction with embodied and intelligent engineered systems and as mediated by motor manipulation. M3X projects should advance the holistic analysis of cognition and of embodiment as present in both human and machine elements. This work will encompass not only how mind interacts with motor function in the manipulation of machines, but also how, in turn, machine response and function may shape and influence both mind and motor function. Application due September 15, 2017.
Link: NSF PD 17-058Y

Department of Defense
Innovation Corps @ Department of Defense (I Corps @ DoD)
Funding Opportunity Number: W911NF-17-S-0011
Application Due Date: September 15, 2017
The Innovation Corps at the Department of Defense (I Corps @ DoD) program is an opportunity for Principle Investigators (PIs) to learn how to commercialize their discoveries/innovations. Winning applicants submit a budget and receive a $40,000-$70,000 grant as well as extensive training in product commercialization from industry experts and ‘serial entrepreneurs’ who have helped train over 900 I-Corps™ Teams in how to bring their innovations to market.
The goals of this program are to spur the transition of fundamental research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation
and entrepreneurship.
Link: W911NF-17-S-0011

National Science Foundation
EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (EFRI): Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE) and Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics Engineering (C3 SoRo)
Funding Opportunity Number:  17-578
Letter of Intent: September 15, 2017
Preliminary Proposal: October 25, 2017
Application Deadline:  February 23, 2018

The EFRI program serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This funding opportunity is for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. Proposals are sought that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in two research areas:  1) Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE), and 2) Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics Engineering (C3 SoRo). EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge.
Link:  17-578


National Science Foundation
Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 17-571
Application Due Date: Medium Proposals Due September 20-27, 2017
                                    Small Proposals Due November 1-15, 2017

ISE's Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs:

  • The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program;
  • The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and
  • The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.
Proposers are invited to submit proposals in two project classes, which are defined as follows:
  • Small Projects - up to $500,000 total budget with durations up to three years; and
  • Medium Projects - $500,001 to $1,200,000 total budget with durations up to four years.

Link: NSF 17-571

National Science Foundation
Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 17-580
Application Deadline October 1, 2017 - November 1, 2017
Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines. The Division supports research and education activities in the United States through funding of individual investigators, teams, centers, facilities, and instrumentation. Projects supported by DMR are essential for the development of future technologies and industries that meet societal needs, as well preparation of the next generation of materials researchers.
This solicitation applies to the following six DMR Topical Materials Research Programs that fund research and educational projects by individual investigators or small groups: Biomaterials (BMAT), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL), and Solid-State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC). It does not apply to the following two DMR Topical Materials Research Programs, which have their own solicitations: Ceramics (CER) (NSF 16-597) and Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT) (NSF 16-596).

Office of the Director of National Intelligence/ Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Funding Opportunity Number: IARPA-BAA-17-04F
Application Due Date: Oct 06, 2017

The goal of the Ithildin program is to develop novel sorbent materials for chemical sampling and storage, with a focus on providing enhanced sorbent capabilities at the molecular, nanoscale and mesoscale level of the sorbent itself, independent of a sampling system design. In essence, we want to make the sorbent itself “smart”, improving efficiency and capability by shifting functionality from the macroscopic sampler system or filter to the level of the basic chemical interactions between sorbent and sorbate.
Link: IARPA-BAA-17-04F 

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Radio Frequency Machine Learning Systems (RFMLS)
Funding Opportunity Number:  HR001117S0043
Application Due Date: October 10, 2017

The goal of the RF Machine Learning Systems (RFMLS) program is to develop the foundations for applying modern data-driven Machine Learning to the RF Spectrum domain as well as to develop practical applications in emerging spectrum problems which demand vastly improved discrimination performance over today's hand-engineered RF systems.
Link: HR001117S0043

Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research
National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) 2018 Broad Agency Announcement
Funding Opportunity Number:  N00014-17-S-B016
Application Deadline:  Part 1 and 2: October 16, 2017 Part 3: January 29, 2018

This BAA provides research opportunities for the following three topics: 1.) CubeSat Sensors for Investigating Littoral Ocean & Atmosphere Dynamics; 2.) Improved & Routine Production, Stewardship and Application of the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) Data; and 3.) In-situ Ocean Sensor Research and Technology Development.

Link:  N00014-17-S-B016

Department of Defense
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
Funding Opportunity Number: N00014-17-S-F006
Application Due Date:  November 1, 2017
The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as "universities") that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. Detailed descriptions of the topics and the Topic Chief for each can be found in Section VIII, entitled, “SPECIFIC MURI TOPICS,” of the FOA.
Link: N00014-17-S-F006

National Science Foundation
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)
Funding Opportunity Number: 17-584
Application Deadline: November 14, 2017
The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills. The DRK-12 program invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching.
Link: 17-584

National Science Foundation
Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate
Funding Opportunity Number: 16-552
Application Due Date:  December 8, 2017

The AGEP program seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields.  New and innovative models are encouraged, as are models that reproduce and/or replicate existing evidence-based alliances in significantly different disciplines, institutions, and participant cohorts.
Link:  16-552

Department of Defense/Air Force -- Research Lab
Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program
Funding Opportunity Number:  FOA-AFRL-RQKP-2017-0001
Application Due Date:  January 22, 2022

The objective of the AFRL Diverse Collegiate R&D Collaboration program is to enable collaborative research partnerships between AFRL, Academia, and Industry, in areas including, but not limited to, high speed systems, turbine engines, aerospace vehicles, power and control. These technical areas are necessary for developing critical war-fighting technologies for the nation’s air, space and cyberspace forces, as well as commercial derivatives.
Link: FOA-AFRL-RQKP-2017-0001

Limited Competitions

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting e-mails of interest for the NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Research Infrastructure (CRI) Institutional Infrastructure (II) - NSF 17-581 funding opportunity. The funding agency limits the number of Institutional Infrastructure (II) proposals per institution to three. See the following link for further details:

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to the Institutional Infrastructure (II) award, please send a statement of interest with a tentative project title and a brief description (200 words) by noon, August 24, 2017 via e-mail to Please add the following to the subject line: NSF CRI – your name. Based on the number of responses received, the Limited Competition Management Team may announce a call for preproposals.  
Required preliminary proposals are due to the NSF on November 2, 2017. The full proposal deadline is January 11, 2018. For more information click here.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting e-mails of interest for the NIH NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25) (PAR-17-312) funding opportunity. Only one application per institution is allowed. See the following link for solicitation details:

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce, please send a statement of interest with a tentative project title and a brief description (200 words) by noon, August 25, 2017 via e-mail to  Based on the e-mail responses received, the Limited Competition Management Team may announce a call for pre-proposals.  

The deadline for full proposals to the NIH is September 25, 2017. See the OVPR call letter with additional instructions.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting e-mails of interest for the NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (NSF 15-576) funding opportunity.

Only one Thematic Collections Networks proposal may be submitted per institution. Additional details can be found at

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections program, please send a statement of interest with a tentative project title and a brief description (200 words) by noon, August 30, 2017 via e-mail to Based on the e-mail responses received, the Limited Competition Management Team may announce a call for pre-proposals.  

The deadline for full proposals to NSF is October 13, 2017.  See the OVPR call letter with additional instructions.

We received more than three statements of interest for the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) limited competition. Therefore, we are now requesting pre-proposals, a draft budget overview, and an abbreviated CV in order to hold an internal competition to select the three proposals that can be developed for submission to NSF from UNM.

Please submit your completed pre-proposal documents by NOON on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 to with the subject line indicating: NSF AISL - your name. No late submissions will be considered. For more information click here.

UNM main campus and the UNM HSC are pleased to extend the attached New Mexico INBRE Call for UNM Proposals to faculty researchers at UNM. The NM-INBRE is funded by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103451. The NM-INBRE strengthens biomedical research at New Mexico’s universities and prepares faculty and students for participation in research programs of the NIH. For more information on the NM-INBRE visit The program’s mission is to create supportive research and training environments, facilitate communication and collaborations among participants.

We encourage interested faculty to read this announcement thoroughly as requirements, eligibility, and potential project types have changed from past years. Note also that the first deadline, the Statement of Interest Form is due Sept 15, 2017.

If you have any problems with any of the forms or links, please send a message to or contact the UNM Liaison to the NM-INBRE, Dr. Eric Prossnitz

This is to inform you about a funding opportunity through the McCune Foundation. This competition is limited to one proposal per department.

The McCune Foundation's annual grant cycle will be open from August 15, 2017 until September 15, 2017. The foundation funds community-based projects in New Mexico.

The Foundation has made updates to its grant structures. Cultivate and Continuity grant awards will range between $10,000 and $25,000 for a 12-month scope of work. Focus grant awards will range between $25,000 and $50,000 for a 12-month scope of work. Lead grants will range between $50,000 and $100,000 and will be by invitation only based on the Letters of Interest due by July 31, 2017. All proposed work, regardless of tier, must benefit New Mexicans. For more information about the criteria for each type of grant, please see:

For further details please see the attached link and please contact your department head.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us at Or for further details and the internal competition requirements, please see the limited competitions website:

Interdisciplinary Discussion Groups

Recognizing that expanding UNM’s research enterprise requires new interdisciplinary collaborations, the Office of the VP for Research is offering to support Interdisciplinary Research Discussion Groups. These discussion groups will bring together faculty members to combine their diverse expertise and perspectives to generate new ideas that address interdisciplinary questions and areas of scholarship in which UNM could expand its national reputation. For additional details.

To get the latest information from the OVPR subscribe to the PI-LISTSERVE here.

Student Opportunities

Information Science and Technology Institute - Los Alamos National Laboratory Hosts Summers School a 10 week program to get more details see the link below.

Upcoming Training

Institutional Review Board training -

NIH 101:

September 26, 2017 | 1PM - 3PM
UNM Ortega Hall (bldg #79), 3rd Floor Reading Room 335

The Office of the Vice President for Research invites faculty to attend a workshop with Research Professor Dr. J. Scott Tonigan that will provide an introduction to:

NIH Reviews from the Reviewers Perspective
NIH funding areas and processes
Critical elements of an NIH proposal
Key tips and hints for developing a successful proposal
Resources at UNM to help with proposal development
Who should attend? Faculty interested in submitting an NIH proposal or who want additional information about whether NIH supports their research.

To RSVP: Space is limited, so RSVP by September 21st. 

About the Facilitator:
J. SCOTT TONIGAN, PhD, is a Research Professor in the department of Psychology and has enjoyed 30 years of continuous NIH funding in support of UNM's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA). Dr. Tonigan has just finished a nine-year assignment as the UNM main campus IRB chair and he has served multiple roles as an NIH reviewer including chairing NIAAA and NIDA review panels, a standing member of several NIH review committees, and an ad hoc NIH reviewer.
For additional information, please contact Carman Melendrez, Faculty Research Development Office:


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