The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.17 million grant to the University of New Mexico for the New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) through the Research Infrastructure Improvement Inter-Campus and Intra-Campus Cyber Connectivity program. This award to New Mexico will enable high-speed connections to the state's regional universities and tribal and community colleges.

The award, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and announced Aug. 20, will enable Northern New Mexico College, Western New Mexico University and Navajo Technical College to enhance education and research through improved bandwidth and cyber connectivity.

Through this program, WNMU will upgrade the Silver City campus local area network, increasing speed and reliability across the network. NNMC will expand broadband access on campus, upgrade campus network switches and routers, and provide new campus-wide wireless service.  NTC will expand its Internet service to the Hogan and Dine Grid wireless transmission network by connecting to the southern portion of its service area and to the central education facility for Zuni Pueblo.  In addition, the award supports educational activities that make use of the state's Supercomputer Gateways at each institution.

These institutions were chosen to participate in the NM EPSCoR grant based on a prioritized assessment of institutional needs, their readiness to expend funds quickly and efficiently, and the degree to which the institution would benefit from cyberinfrastructure enhancements.

This award builds on the five-year EPSCoR RII Track 1 award, which supports climate research and education, cyberinfrastructure-enabled collaboration, and public outreach activities as well as the Tri-State Consortium Track 2 award, which supports cyberinfrastructure activities that enhance integration of climate research with education.

For more information visit: EPSCoR and National Science Foundation.

Media Contact:  Natalie Willoughby, public information and outreach representative, New Mexico EPSCoR, 505-814-7500 x. 8111; e-mail: