Applications are now being accepted for the Advance at UNM 2024 Women In STEM awards. The awards, now in their ninth year, are a collaboration between Advance at UNM, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Research. 

The awards range from $3,000 to $15,000 with three types of grants given. The categories include travel awards to foster collaborations, seed awards to stimulate research projects that will lead to additional external funding, and workshop awards designed to generate innovative research ideas and collaborations. 

“We know that Women in STEM awardees from the past eight years have gone on to do some amazing research on a range of topics, including brain stimulus and substance abuse, the tracing of Pueblo pottery, the impact of global warming on alpine stream biology, algorithmic justice issues, and more," said Advance Director Julia Fulghum. "We are eager to see the proposals of this year’s applicants and encourage submissions from across campus. Please contact us if you want to know if your idea 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 is 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 third year, additional funding is available from the Office of the Vice President for Research to support proposals in priority research areas. Those proposals should contribute to UNM’s Research Grand Challenges Initiative or contribute to research in one of three emerging Strategic Research Areas. The areas are climate change/alternate energy solutions, resilience (broadly defined), and next-generation computational research, including but not limited to AI, machine learning, big data, and GIS.

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. Research assistants and associate faculty also are eligible.

Proposals are due May 14, 2024. Applicants can use UNM’s InfoReady system to apply. Decisions will be announced by June 26. The period of award will be Aug. 12, 2024, through Dec. 15, 2025.

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

To date, 69 women at UNM have been recipients of Women in STEM Award funding. Read profiles of the winners and learn about their work or play the awardee video collection.