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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.

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: Plamen Atanassov 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 for Water Governance Studies (CWGS)


CWGS plays a critical role to build and exercise a deep understanding of and expertise in global public leadership through research, innovation, and academics.

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


Director: Barbara McCrady 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 capacity to conduct scientific research. Faculty and students from NM universities and colleges are working to realize New Mexico's potential for sustainable energy development.
2017 Annual Review

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.

Institute for Policy, Evaluation, And Applied Science (IPEAR)


Interim Director: Ricardo Maestas Ph.D.

IPEAR provides high level oversight within the office of the Vice President for Research to improve the marketing of UNM's capacity to engage in sponsored research focused on policy and to protect UNM's brand in this area by monitoring the quality of work products coming out of the institute, and streamlining communication with policy makers and potential clients. Centers within IPEAR include: Bureau of Business & Economic Research (BBER), Center for Water Governance Studies (CWGS), Geospatial Population Studies (GPS) and Land Grant Council (LGC).

Land Grant Council (LGC)


Manuel Garcia y Griego, PI

The Purpose of the New Mexico Land Grant Council is to provide a program of support to and act as a liaison for Spanish and Mexican community land grants throughout New Mexico.

Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI)


Director: Barbara Reyes 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.