The call is open for Advance at The University of New Mexico’s 2023 Women In STEM awards. 

The awards, now in their eighth year at UNM, range from $3,000 to $15,000 and 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.

The awards are a collaboration between Advance at UNM, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Research.

Advance Director Julia Fulghum encouraged applications from across disciplines.

“These awards offer an opportunity to think about seed projects and small collaborations that can work towards larger efforts,” she said. “Remember that we have a broad definition of STEM. Please contact us if you want to know if your research qualifies.”

The awards are supported by an anonymous gift made in 2015 to UNM specifically 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. For the second year, additional funding is available from the Office of the Vice President for Research to support collaborative seed research proposals. Those proposals should contribute to UNM’s Research Grand Challenges Initiative or contribute to research in one of the three emerging Strategic Research Areas. The areas are climate change/alternate energy solutions, resilience (broadly defined), and next generation materials.   

For a third year, research assistant and associate faculty are eligible to apply. Other eligible applicants include tenure-track and tenured 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.

Proposals are due May 1, 2023. Applicants can use this link in UNM’s InfoReady system to apply. Decisions will be announced by June 16, 2023. The period for the award will be Aug. 1, 2023 through Dec. 15, 2024.

Representatives of the Faculty Research Development Office will manage the proposal submission and review process in collaboration with Advance at UNM.

See the full details of the call here.

To date, 62 women at UNM have been recipients of Women in STEM Award funding. Read profiles of the winners and learn about their work here.

Curious about past winners? Read our profile stories.

2022 Women in STEM award winners