Research Opportunities and Resources

Current Opportunities


Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) NSF 17-537

This premier program emphasizes the importance the Foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching, enthusiastic learning, and disseminating new knowledge. Effective integration of research and education generates a synergy in which the process of discovery stimulates learning, and assures that the findings and methods of research and education are quickly and effectively communicated in a broader context and to a large audience.
The CAREER program embodies NSF’s commitment to encourage faculty and academic institutions to value and support the integration of research and education. Successful Principal Investigators will propose creative, effective research and education plans, developed within the context of the mission, goals, and resources of their organizations, while building a firm foundation for a lifetime of contributions to research, education, and their integration. Application due date:  July 19-21 depending on Directorate.

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Other Early Career Options for Faculty


Department of Energy
Accelerator Stewardship Program
Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0001779
Pre-application Submission Deadline:  June 15, 2017
Application Deadline:  July 17, 2017

The mission of the Accelerator Stewardship program is to support fundamental accelerator science and technology development of relevance to many fields beyond High Energy Physics, and to disseminate accelerator knowledge and training to the broad community of accelerator users and providers.
Link:  DE-FOA-0001779

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.


National Science Foundation
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
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
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, "Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)” funding opportunity. NSF limits the number of proposals per institution to one (1). See the following link for further details:

If you are interested in submitting a preliminary proposal, please send a statement of interest with a brief abstract (maximum 1 page pdf) of your proposal via e-mail to   by noon, Wednesday, June 28, 2017.  Your abstract must identify the regional BD Hub with which you intend to collaborate and indicate whether or not you have already engaged in discussions with the corresponding BD Hub PI. Based on the e-mail responses received, the Limited Competition Management Team may announce a call for preproposals. 
The deadline for full proposals to the agency is September 18, 2017.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting preproposals for the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Grant Application Program. See the link for additional details.

This is a limited competition. Each university is permitted to submit a single application. Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting preproposals by 5pm on Thursday, June 29, 2017 be sent to
Full proposals are due to the agency due August 1, 2017.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting preproposals for the DoD Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) funding opportunity. Please distribute this notice to departments and individuals whom you believe would be interested.

This is a limited competition. Each institution is permitted to submit no more than three (3) applications. Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting preproposals by noon on Thursday, July 6, 2017 by sent to See the following link for additional details.

The DoD deadline for full proposals is August 10, 2017.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting preproposals for the Searle Scholars Program.

This is a limited competition. Each university is permitted to submit a single application. Therefore, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting preproposals by 5:00pm on Monday, July 10, 2017 to

The deadline for full proposals to the sponsor is Friday, September 29, 2017.

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.


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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

Research Development Time - Thursdays June 8-July 27th - 10 am-12pm

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) and Los Alamos National Laboratory are jointly organizing a symposium on "Synthetic Immunity" on July 10-13, 2017 at La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM.

"Synthetic Immunity" is an emerging area, which advances our understanding of various human diseases and which, in turn, helps us guide develop diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer, infectious diseases, and neurological disorders.  The New Mexico Consortium will cover the faculty and students costs of participation (registration and travel).  Information about the meeting can be found at:

Funding for travel can be applied for at:

Grants Management monthly trainings offered. Training available in the Fall

Institutional Review Board training - Training available in the Fall

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NSF Headquarters Moving-FastLane and will be unavailable from Friday, June 30 at 8:00 PM until Tuesday, July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT.

See Notice from NSF

Upcoming Proposal Deadlines (Proposals due Friday, June 30 and Monday, July 3)
Proposals due on Friday, June 30 must be received in OSP no later than Monday, June 26.  Proposals due Monday, July 3 must be received in OSP by Tuesday, June 27.  Proposals received after these deadlines will be given a limited review and have a high risk of not being submitted to the sponsor due to unforeseen issues with the systems.    

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