Women faculty in the STEM fields at The University of New Mexico can now apply for a variety of grants as part of the 2019 Women In STEM awards.

Three types of grants will be awarded through the program. They include travel awards to foster collaborations, seed awards to stimulate research projects that will lead to additional external funding, and workshop awards, which are designed to generate innovative research ideas and collaborations.

Eligible applicants include tenure-track and tenured women faculty members at UNM who hold the rank of assistant or associate professor and who are pursuing research in areas supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (non-clinical) or the Department Of Energy.

The awards are supported by an anonymous gift made in 2015 to UNM to support research by and professorships for women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The income from the investment on this gift will be used to help UNM women tenure-track and tenured assistant and associate STEM professors to establish new lines of research and to develop research collaborations. Awards range from $3,000 to $15,000.

Proposals are due March 26. Recipients will be announced by May 3, 2019. For more information about the Women in STEM awards, visit Frequently Asked Questions.

“We have seen some really important work come from past Women in STEM award winners," said Julia Fulghum, director of Advance at UNM. "We’re anticipating proposals this year from a variety of women around campus (involved in the STEM fields)."

To date, the annual WIS awards have gone to 17 recipients. Winners have used the awards to continue research projects, to fund workshops and to do work-related travel. Last year 10 women were recipients of the 2018 Women In STEM awards. For more about last year's recipients, visit 2018 Women in STEM awards

Additionally, ADVANCE at UNM accepts donations to help assist in the continuation of funding the STEM awards. For more information and to be a part of recognizing some of the most innovative research at UNM, visit Women in STEM Awards.

ADVANCE at UNM is a National Science Foundation-funded project that supports and promotes women and minority faculty in STEM fields. For more information, visit ADVANCE at UNM.