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Centers & Institutes


OVPR oversees 12 research centers and institutes with broad faculty and interdisciplinary representation. as well as some large crosscutting grants and programs, with an overarching management support structure that include high level HR, Facilities, Financial, Web, and Management assistance and continuing staff development.

Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER)


Director: Jeff Mitchell Ph.D.

UNM's BBER was established in 1945 to provide credible and objective data and research to inform economic development and public policy in New Mexico.

2017 Annual Review

Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC)


Director: Patrick Bridges Ph.D.

The UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing, established in 1994 with funding from DoD, and subsequent support from the NSF and industry partners, is the university supercomputer center.
2017 Annual Review

Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM)


Director: Arash Mafi Ph.D.

CHTM mission is to promote research and education, foster interaction between UNM, federal laboratories, industry and promote an entrepreneurial spirit for economic development with a regional focus but of global importance. 

2017 Annual Review

Center for MicroEngineered Materials (CMEM)


Director: Fernando Garzon Ph.D.

Nanoscience enables advances in many fields such as porous materials, catalysts, sensors and most recently, drug delivery for treatment of cancer. The Center owns or has access to state-of-the-art facilities to synthesize and characterize a broad range of materials.
2017 Annual Review

Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, & Addictions (CASAA)


Interim Director: J. Scott Tonigan Ph.D.

Founded in 1989, CASAA has developed an outstanding international, national, and regional reputation as a center for research on the epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of alchohol and drug use and the adverse consequences of use.
2017 Annual Review

Data Observation Network for Earth


Director: William Michener Ph.D.

DataONE is a community driven project providing access to data across multiple member repositories, supporting enhanced search and discovery of Earth and environmental data.

Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)


Director: William Michener Ph.D.

NM EPSCoR is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build the state's scientific research capacity. Under this program, faculty and students from across New Mexico's academic institutions are currently working to advance a modern, secure, and sustainable electric grid that is supported by a diverse, next generation workforce.

GeoSpatial and Population Studies (GPS)


Director: Adelamar Alcantara Ph.D.

Geospatial and Population Studies provides data-driven research and analysis to support improved public decision making.

2017 Annual Review

Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI)


Director: Irene Vasquez Ph.D.

Established in 1980, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI) promotes multidisciplinary research on the Latino/Hispanic populations of New Mexico and the United States.