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 Junior Faculty


National Science Foundation
STEM + Computing Partnerships
Funding Opportunity Number:  17-535
Application Due Date:  Apr 28, 2017

As computing has become an integral part of the practice of modern science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the STEM + Computing Partnerships program seeks to address the urgent need to prepare students from the early grades through high school in the essential skills, competencies, and dispositions needed to succeed in a computationally-dependent world. Thus, STEM+C advances the integration of computational thinking and computing activities in early childhood education through high school (pre-K-12) to provide a strong and developmental foundation in computing and computational thinking through the integration of computing in STEM teaching and learning, and/or the applied integration of STEM content in pre-K-12 computer science education.
Link: 17-535

Department of Energy/Office of Science
Subsurface Biogeochemical Research
Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0001724
Application Due Date:  May 05, 2017

The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research in Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR). The mission of the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) within BER is to advance a robust predictive understanding of Earth’s climate and environmental systems and to inform the development of sustainable solutions to the Nation’s energy and environmental challenges.
Link: DE-FOA-0001724

Department of Defense/DARPA - Microsystems Technology Office
Dynamic Range-enhanced Electronics and Materials (DREaM) 
Funding Opportunity Number: HR001117S0024
Application Due Date:  May 24, 2017

The Dynamic Range-enhanced Electronics and Materials (DREaM) program will exploit new materials and novel device structures to create radio frequency (RF) transistors that enable asymmetric operations in a complex electromagnetic spectrum.

Link:  HR001117S0024


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency / Microsystems Technology Office
Atomic Magnetometer for Biological Imaging in Earth’s Native Terrain (AMBIIENT)
Funding Opportunity Number: HR001117S0025
Application Due Date:  June 1, 2017 


The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office is soliciting research proposals for the development of magnetic gradiometers with sufficient resolution to enable imaging of biological activity in unshielded environments. 

Link:  HR001117S0025 


Department of Defense
Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Funding Number: PA-AFRL-AFOSR-2017-0001

Application Due Date:  June 16, 2017

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of accredited United States (U.S.) institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation.

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.


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

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

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2017 Solicitation 1. Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Tuesday May 16, 2017

Starting from 2015 Solicitation 2, the SCGSR program is open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 1, for project periods beginning anytime between October 30, 2017 and February 28, 2018.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 200 graduate awardees from about 90 different universities to conduct thesis research at DOE national laboratories across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at


The Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is looking for outstanding researchers to address cutting-edge problems in autonomous systems and machine learning vital to the nation's security. AFRL is a basic and applied research laboratory that has explored and advanced science and technology for the US Air Force for more than 60 years. The AFRL Information Directorate employs approximately 750 scientists and engineers, and is the Air Force's center of expertise for R&D of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, and (C4I) technologies. Work is conducted across a broad spectrum of information technologies in areas such as signal processing and information fusion, next generation communication systems, high performance computing, human-machine decision support systems, cyber security, and data mining and pattern analysis for intelligence information systems

At a minimum, applicants should be proficient in object oriented programming with expertise in C++ or Java, and have past experience with algorithm development/implementation.  Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience prototyping graphical user interfaces, creating data visualizations using D3 or other web based languages, using distributed computing technology such as Hadoop or Apache Spark, and building/using relational databases.  Finally, ideal candidates should have a history of self-motivation, public speaking, leadership, and collaborative team work.

US citizenship is required. The applicant must be eligible for a security clearance. More details can be found here.

AFRL is an equal opportunity employer. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to and
The Blue Waters supercomputing project offers unique opportunities for internships and fellowships to students at any accredited degree granting institution in the United States.


The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women studying baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2016, SWE awarded approximately 230 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $750,000.

Sophomores and above: Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will open December 1, 2016.

SWE provides one application for sophomores through graduate students and one application for freshmen.  Applicants complete an application and are considered for all scholarships that they are eligible for.  Applications will be available for the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • Sophomores through Graduate Students Application:  December 1, 2016 - February 15, 2017
  • Freshmen Application:  March 1, 2017 - May 15, 2017

Note all deadlines are 5:00 p.m. central time. There will be no exceptions to the deadlines. For more information see:

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


Weekly on Thursdays From March 30 to May 25, 2017  4PM - 5PM in the  Center on Alcoholism Substance Abuse and Addiction Classroom, 2650 Yale Blvd. SE Suite 110

CASAA Research Professors, Dr. J. Scott Tonigan and Dr. Jon Houck, will facilitate this free 9-week seminar series presenting a step-by-step approach to preparing a successful NIH grant application. Special emphasis will be placed on avoiding common pitfalls and capitalizing on newly implemented NIH grant application guidelines, focusing on Research Project Grant (R-series) funding mechanisms, as well as modules for Fellowship (F-series) mechanisms.  • To register, please click here.

• To view the weekly seminar schedule, please click here.

Grants Management monthly trainings offered. Click the link for the current training schedule.

Institutional Review Board training - See flyer.

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