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The Center for Regional Studies (CRS) is requesting project proposals from UNM departments that address historical and emerging trends relating to the peoples and cultures of the greater Southwest.

Those who submit proposals may apply for funding for future projects that complement the mission of the University and the CRS.

CRS is a multidisciplinary outreach center designed to enhance the mission of the University through student fellowships, research, program funding, digital media, and other projects. Projects with a particular emphasis on activities that increase our understanding of New Mexico, the Southwest, and the U.S./Mexico borderlands and Spain are especially welcomed.

To be eligible for proposal submission, all faculty applicants must hold regular, full-time appointments in a UNM department or academic program. Priority will be given to faculty at the assistant and associate professor ranks, as well as full professors who partner with junior faculty as co-principal investigators and mentors.

CRS invites proposals that will facilitate professional development of UNM faculty in the following areas:

  • Faculty Research Initiatives ($5,000 maximum)

Small grants to seed new research projects or provide matching/supplemental funds to enhance currently funded research at UNM departments and research centers.

  • Proposal Development Working Groups ($5,000 maximum)

Funding to convene multidisciplinary faculty in working groups to develop research proposals for submission to external sources.  Applicants must consist of two or more co-principal investigators from two or more disciplines.

  • Public Outreach Symposia/Exhibitions/Cultural Events ($10,000 maximum)

Awards to support collaborative projects with research centers, museums, or schools to organize symposia, exhibitions, cultural events, or creative arts and performances in celebration of the regional cultures of New Mexico and the Southwest.

  • K-12 Digital Media Curriculum ($10,000 maximum)

Projects that develop and deliver innovative digital media curriculum in regional history, culture and the arts with the engagement of schools and classroom teachers.  Proposals from the humanities, arts and related social sciences are especially encouraged.

  • Publication Subventions ($4,000 maximum)

Research dissemination projects to publish research results or other creative works in electronic or print media forthcoming in 2017 to include manuscripts submitted to and approved by the UNM Press.

  • Community Engagement Projects ($12,000 maximum)

Community-based projects that link and engage UNM resources with the diverse cultures and regions of New Mexico especially with the recovery and preservation of indigenous or local knowledge by way of oral histories, field schools, or acquisition of special collections.

Proposals must be submitted in writing by the principal investigator(s) to include the following:

  • Proposal category and a narrative description of activities
  • Timeline for implementation with start and ending dates
  • List of deliverables or products
  • An itemized budget of expenses with justification of line items.

All application materials must be submitted to achapacrs@unm.edu or dropped off at CRS located in Hokona Hall Room 357/MSC05 3020 no later than Oct. 14 at midnight. Project awards will be effective from Jan. 16 and all funded activities and deliverables must be completed by June 30.

For more information about CRS, visit their website.