Research Opportunities and Resources

Winter Break Schedule
        Dec. 14 last day to submit proposals to the Office of Sponsored Projects for Review prior to Winter Break

Current Opportunities


Early Investigator opportunities for Faculty

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

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


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


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 Office of Scientific Research 
Dynamically and Controllably Reconfigurable Antennas through Physical Deformation Processes
Funding Opportunity Number:  FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2017-0003
Application Due Date:  Dec 15, 2017  

Proposals are sought from academic institutions capable of research that will lead to advances in science and technology that can yield potentially transformational impacts. This topic requires multidisciplinary research in design, stimuli-response reconfiguration, mechanical and structural characterization, and electromagnetic measurement and optimization. Various inputs to the antennas may be useful, including feedback loops for autonomous systems that self-regulate and fold intelligently based on external stimuli. Consideration should be given to properties over time, including effects of repeated actuation, and in various environments.Link:  Search on Reference:FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2017-0003

Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research
FY18 Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology
Funding Opportunity Number:  N00014-18-S-B001
Application Due Date:  Sep 28, 2018  

A brief description of the ONR Program Codes and the science and technology thrusts that ONR is pursuing is provided in Appendix 1 of this solicitation. Additional information can be found at the ONR website at

Link:  N00014-18-S-B001

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 Competition

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting e-mails of interest for the DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers (DE-FOA-0001810) funding opportunity. The funding agency limits the number of proposals per institution to three. See the following link for further details: and the VPR letter for submission details.

If you are interested in submitting a preliminary proposal please send a statement of interest with a brief abstract (maximum 1 page pdf) via e-mail to  by noon, Friday, December 8, 2017.  Based on the e-mail responses received, the Limited Competition Management Team may announce a call for preproposals.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting preproposals for the NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) funding opportunity.

This is a limited competition. Each university is permitted to submit two applications. Since we received more than two statements of interest, we are conducting an internal competition and are requesting preproposals by NOON on Thursday, December 13, 2017. Please see submission details in the announcement letter.

The NSF deadline for full proposals is February 1 ,2018.

The COBRE CETI Program is now accepting pilot project applications for the 2018 funding period. CETI's Pilot Project Program offers small grants to successful applicants interested in generating data in order to apply for external funding. The competition is open to all PI eligible employees of the University of New Mexico. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2017.

Please see the guidelines for information on the application process and eligibility requirements. You may also visit our website,, for further information.

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.

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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

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FRDO Resources

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