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Emerging Areas of Research

The Office of the Vice President invests in new research areas of cross-cutting excellence by providing & communicating institutional support programs. The priority areas for FY17 are listed below.


Renewable Energy

UNM has high profile research in renewable energy infrastructure and technology, including materials, nanoscience and photonics, with important connections to the National Labs. Research in NSF priority areas, particularly in collaboration with the national labs and AFRL has potential to make substantial contributions to renewable energy technologies and infrastructure


Social & Cultural Place-based Research Relating to the Southwest

The rich cultural heritage of New Mexico shapes much UNM research & scholarly activity relating to the arts, humanities, social sciences, and language. Much of the place-based research springs from the diverse student population that fosters excellent research in areas of interest to the communities we serve.


Water in the West

Research on water in the west draws upon broad expertise at UNM surrounding water scarcity in the arid Southwest and its effect on policy, the environment, and communities. Research relates not only to those seeking solutions to water scarcity through engineering, natural sciences, planning, landscaping and Sustainability Studies, but also those who model its implications computationally, who explore it in art, who study its consequences throughout history and across different communities, and who work to develop policy dealing with this pervasive issue.


Ongoing Research Investments

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