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.

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Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus  (M3X) NSF PD 17-058Y

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.

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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:  Jan 22, 2022
Estimated Total: $2,350,000
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
Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research
Immersive Sciences for Training, Education, Mission Rehearsal, and Operations
Funding Opportunity Number:  N00014-17-S-F007
Application Due Date:  Apr 08, 2017
The goal of this research is to develop tools and techniques for processing, extraction, and identification of 3D content from easily accessible sources, such as crowd-sourced photos and videos on the Internet. This content should include terrain, roads, buildings, people, vehicles, and other relevant environmental features necessary to create immersive environments that reflect the intricacies of future operating environments such as megacities.
Link: N00014-17-S-F007
Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory
Regional Energy Technology Innovation Ecosystems Characterization Assessments
Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0001643
Application Due Date:  Feb 28, 2017
Estimated Total: $800,000
Expected Number of Awards:  4
The objective of this FOA is to fund analytical studies that characterize and examine the potential of an integrated strategy for a multi-state region to enhance and accelerate energy innovation via a regional energy innovation ecosystem.  For purposes of these studies, a region must comprise a minimum of three contiguous states.   The studies and supporting analysis should provide new insights as to how an integrated regional strategy could promote affordable, reliable innovative energy technology; create jobs; increase entrepreneurial activity and new venture financing; and promote economic growth and prosperity. The studies should provide data-driven insights and analysis, relying, in part, on inputs from current and potential energy innovation ecosystem participants within the proposed region.

Link:  DE-FOA-0001643  Search on Reference number, input funding opportunity number DE-FOA-0001643
Department of Energy/EERE
Innovative Pathways
Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0001703
Application Due Date:  Aug 15, 2018
Estimated Total: $4,200,000
Expected Number of Awards:  7
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Office of Strategic Programs Technology-to-Market Program (Tech-to-Market) has issued a FOA to continue Tech-to-Market's work advancing U.S. innovation and competitiveness in an evolving energy sector. The Tech-to-Market Innovative Pathways FOA seeks to surface new testable and scalable ways to alleviate common structural challenges facing promising new energy technologies on the pathway to market.
Link: DE-FOA-0001703
Department of Energy/Office of Science
Subsurface Biogeochemical Research
Funding Opportunity Number:  DE-FOA-0001724
Application Due Date:  May 05, 2017
Estimated Total: $4,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:  20
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
National Science Foundation
Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering
Funding Opportunity Number:  17-534
Application Due Date:  Apr 21, 2017
Estimated Total: $26,500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 35

The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science. The solicitation invites two categories of proposals: Foundations (F): those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to big data problems, motivated by specific data challenges and requirements; and Innovative Applications (IA): those engaged in translational activities that employ new big data techniques, methodologies, and technologies to address and solve problems in specific application domains. Projects in this category must be collaborative, involving researchers from domain disciplines and one or more methodological disciplines, e.g., computer science, statistics, mathematics, simulation and modeling, etc.
Link: 17-534
National Science Foundation
STEM + Computing Partnerships
Funding Opportunity Number:  17-535
Application Due Date:  Apr 28, 2017
Estimated Total: $49,895,000
Expected Number of Awards: 35
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
National Science Foundation and the Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Cyber Physical Systems Program
Funding Opportunity Number:   17-529
Application Due Date: March 6, 2017
The Cyber Physical Systems Joint Competitive Grant program helps coordinate the work of multiple federal agencies to improve the science behind increasingly complex cyber-physical systems (CPS)—the way the physical world connects to information and communication technologies. Self-driving tractors and cars, remote patient monitoring apps and smart irrigation scheduling are some examples of the cyber-physical systems already in use or testing.
Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, reliability, and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today. CPS technology will transform the way people interact with engineered systems -- just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New smart CPS will drive innovation and competition in sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation, building design and automation, healthcare, and manufacturing.
The National Science Foundation leads this initiative with support from NIFA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, Department of Transportation, and National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to strengthen the science and technology to ensure the growing number of cyber-physical systems being used are safe, secure, scalable, resilient and reliable.
Link: 17-529
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
ROSES 2016: Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Work Programme
Funding Opportunity Number:  NNH16ZDA001N-GEO
Application Due Date:  Feb 28, 2017
The NASA Earth Science Division (ESD) solicits proposals to advance specific elements of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) WorkProgramme2017-2019. NASA is especially interested in involving non-Federal domestic organizations in contributing to and achieving progress on the GEO Work Programme. The ESD Applied Sciences Program manages this call for proposals and the awards. Work through this call for proposals includes projects, studies, workshops, trainings, and other activities, and it involves innovative communications work.
Link:  NNH16ZDA001N-GEO
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
ROSES 2016: Remote Sensing of Water Quality
Funding Opportunity Number:  NNH16ZDA001N-RSWQ
Application Due Date:  Apr 07, 2017
NASA's Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry program focuses on describing, understanding, and predicting the biological and biogeochemical regimes of the upper ocean, as determined by observation of aquatic optical properties using remote sensing data, including those from space, aircraft, and other suborbital platforms. NASA’s Terrestrial Hydrology program focuses on use of remote sensing to develop a predictive understanding of the role of water in land-atmosphere interactions and to further the scientific basis of water resources management.
Link:  NNH16ZDA001N-RSWQ
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
2020 Astrophysics Decadal Large Mission Concept, Large Ultraviolet Optical Infrared (LUVOIR) Systems Studies
Funding Opportunity Number:  NNG16401001C
Application Due Date:  Mar 19, 2017
Summary of Key Information Objective: To award cooperative agreements for partnerships with United States commercial business that will meet the goal of developing large ultraviolet optical infrared (LUVOIR) systems studies to meet specific NASA needs at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), as well as those of the partner. This goal will be accomplished by selecting Offerors who will cooperatively share in the cost of LUVOIR system studies.

Link: NNG16401001C

Limited Competitions


On behalf of the Office of the Provost and ADVANCE at UNM, the Office of the VP for Research is pleased to announce the call for the next round of Women in STEM Faculty Research Development proposals.

An anonymous gift has been made to UNM to support research by, and professorships for, women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Income from investment of this gift is used to assist UNM women tenure-track and tenured assistant and associate STEM professors with establishing new research areas and developing research collaborations.

For this award, STEM faculty are defined as those with research interests that align with research priorities identified by NSF, NIH (non-clinical), or DOE. Three types of awards are available:

    1. travel awards to foster collaborations,
    2. seed awards to stimulate research projects that will lead to additional external funding, and
    3. workshop awards designed to generate innovative research ideas and collaborations.

The call for proposals is available at:

Proposals are due February 15, 2017 and all questions should be sent to

See  to see the first cohort of awardees of this program.

For further details and the internal competition requirements, please see the limited competitions website:

Research Allocations Committee

UNM main and branch campus voting faculty are invited to submit proposals for internal funding, not to exceed $10,000 per proposal, with proposal duration of 18 months from the receipt of funds.  The proposal submission guidelines are available at the UNM RAC website: . The proposals submission period commences online at:  on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  The proposal submission deadline is February 15, 2017.

Research Allocations Committee

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 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.

Scholarships Available:
Int'l Opportunity for UNM Undergraduate Women in STEM +Architecture
Deadline: March 10, 2017

The University of New Mexico Global Education Office is pleased to announce partial scholarships for UNM undergraduate women in the STEM +Architecture (STEM+A) fields to participate in an international high-impact academic professionalization program – The Innovation Academy for Women of the Americas (“The Academy”).

UNM applicants from the following disciplines are preferred: biology, chemistry, engineering (civil, chemical and biological, electrical and computer, and mechanical), earth and planetary sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics and statistics, nutrition, and environmental planning and design (architecture).

Founded by The University of New Mexico in 2016 and sponsored by 100,000 Strong in the Americas, this year’s Academy will be hosted by Universidad La Salle Mexico June 3 – July 1, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.

During the 30-day program participants can expect to:

·         Develop globally relevant experience through working on a challenging real-life, hands-on project focused on improving water quality and overall public health within a specific ecosystem. Participants will collaborate in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural groups within four main modules: data analysis and identification of quality-of-life measures; research and review of technological/engineering requirements; environmental factor analysis; and design of the social habitat.
·         Receive coaching/mentoring from academics, practitioners, and experts who will encourage the development of problem-solving and creative thinking skills. Participants will enrich academic competencies in research methodologies, project management, and cross-discipline communication and collaboration. These skills are designed to accelerate preparation for graduate studies and professional research.
·         Develop leadership skills needed for personal, academic, and professional success with an emphasis in stimulating innovation, entrepreneurship, and increased global social responsibility awareness. Participants will become part of a network of women in the STEM+A fields to facilitate on-going mentorship, support, and collaboration beyond the duration of the summer program.
·         Experience first-hand cultural exchanges, develop global points-of-view, and broaden knowledge in their fields.
·         Receive a certificate of completion, endorsed by The Academy and its higher education partners


·         Current cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
·         Must have completed (5) semesters in a STEM+A undergraduate program of study
·         Previous experience with undergraduate research
·         Language: Intermediate conversational Spanish language skills described in the application essay and demonstrated to the UNM Global Education Office, if chosen. While the program content will be delivered in English, it is important to have at least an intermediate conversational Spanish language ability to meaningfully engage within the environment of Mexico City.
·         Maturity, responsibility, and willingness to participate fully in The Academy activities and its international network for women of the Americas.

Costs & Scholarships:

·         Program fee: $2,500 USD, includes program content and related transportation, housing, meals, certificate of completion, and Universidad La Salle campus facility access as related to the program. Roundtrip international airfare, passport expenses, and personal expenses are not included in this cost.
·         Partial scholarships are available to support competitive UNM applicants administered through the UNM Global Education Office. Scholarship awards will range between $500 and $1,000 USD. The scholarships are made possible by the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative.
·         Applicants may also apply for general scholarships available through the Global Education Office’s Education Abroad program. For more information visit:

To indicate interest, obtain specific information, and/or to apply contact:
Danielle Gilliam, UNM Global Education Office 277-6051 or
The UNM Global Education Office plans to assist with facilitating the application process for UNM applicants.
*** Scholarships Are Available ***

Deadline: March 10, 2017

For general information visit:
Facebook: @academiaparamujeres

The Academy is a consortium of talented and motivated undergraduate women, faculty, professionals, organizations, and institutions linked by a common purpose: to encourage and inspire more women in the Americas to advance to higher levels of education and influence in the science, technology, engineering, math, and architecture (STEM+A) fields. Women in the Americas have valuable perspectives to contribute to these disciplines, and this program strives to develop the talents and leadership skills of undergraduate women for their long-term success, advance research across the continent, and ignite transformative social change.

Upcoming Training

Planning to write an NSF proposal during the next year? Come learn from current and former NSF staff and a recent awardee about working with NSF! There will be lots of time for questions.

February 16th from 3pm-4pm in the SUB Fiesta A&B room.

Speakers include Jessie DeAro, program director with NSF Advance and a program officer with the EHR Core Research program; Amy P. Chen, the associate director of UNM's Center for Teaching and Learning and a former Presidential Management STEM Fellow in the NSF Division of Earth Sciences and Lydia Tapia, at UNM computer science professor and NSF career award winner.

Education and Human Resources (EHR)  has a broad range of programs, and Amy's experience in Earth Sciences (EAR) included REU and instrumentation competitions. Planning a research proposal or a programmatic effort? Come hear from the experts!

No tickets or reservations are required, but please click here or email to reserve a spot so we have enough refreshments and handouts. See flyer.

Centennial Library Opens two new learning and collaboration spaces.
Open House on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 1-5 pm
Here’s some further info on the upcoming open house at CSEL:
Centennial Library will hold an Open House on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 1-5 pm to introduce the UNM community to the newest working and collaboration spaces at the library. During the Open House visitors will be able to see demonstrations and ask questions about the new space and equipment. A highlight of the event will be demos of the new virtual reality equipment in D.E.N. 1 which also is designed as space for web conferencing and presentations. D.E.N. 2 has multiple workstations on both Mac and PC operating systems with a much bigger range of software compared to our standard computers. These Analysis Workstations have specialized scientific software as well as the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite. Analysis workstations in D.E.N. 2 can be reserved in advance and are already available to users.

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

Institutional Review Board training - See flyer.

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