Fall 2015 Equipment Funding Call

The fall 2015 equipment funding call has been canceled, as funds are not available at this time. The new Vice President for Research will consider the availability for future funding calls, after his arrival in January.

OVPR Equipment Funding Call

Award Letters for the Spring 2015 Call already went out.

Spring 2015 Call Now Closed

  • Proposal Submission Start Date: February 3, 2015
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: February 27, 2015

Questions or Problems with submissions?
Email: research@unm.edu


Next Call
  • Proposal Submission Start Date: TBD
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: TBD

OVPR Equipment Funding Request

  The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has established an equipment renewal fund to support research efforts of both single investigator and multi investigator users. Proposals must identify a single principal investigator who must have depleted a majority of available start-up funds to be eligible. Eligibility is limited to faculty (research and tenure-track/tenured) on the main campus. 

The Spring 2015 Call will be run slightly differently than the past.  Three hundred thousand, $300,000, has been reserved for large equipment requests in the range of $50,000 to $100,000. The remaining approximately $100,000 will be reserved for smaller requests.

See FAQs below for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the goal of this program and who does it target?
  • A: This program targets individual and multiple faculty who have basic equipment needs whose cost is too high to be practical for an individual NSF or NIH R01 grant, and too low to be eligible for federal equipment grant programs. Preference will be given to proposals that provide access to a wider university community.

  • Q: What is the total investment in this program?

  • A: Up to $1 million has been committed to this program.  $500,000 will be awarded each semester.  There will be two calls for proposals each year, one in September and one in February. 

  • Q: Can funds be used to pay installation costs?

  • A: Yes, as long as equipment and installation costs do not exceed $100,000.

  • Q: Is the acquisition of equipment that costs more than $100,000 eligible, if other funds to make up the difference are identified?

  • A: In general, proposals over $100,000 are eligible for various federal equipment programs and therefore equipment over $100,000 would not be included in this program.

  • Q: What is meant by depleted a “majority of start-up funds” in establishing the eligibility of the PI?

  • A: The program is intended for individuals who have depleted all available discretionary resources including the start-up funds. However, start-up funds may be used in addition to the equipment award to supplement the purchase. 

  • Q: What is the timeline for spending equipment funds?
  • A: Equipment funds need to be spent or encumbered by June 30, 2015
  • Q: What if I want to change what I purchasing after funding?
  • A: Any changes to the original budget summary should be accompanied by a written formal request and approved by the office of the vice president for research.
  • Q: How long should my proposal be?
  • A: The proposal request document should include no more than:
    • 3 page technical/narrative description of the project and how the equipment funds will be used (include diagrams if possible).
    • 1 page budget summary of proposed equipment(s) to be purchased.
    • An attachment of quotes or catalog price list must be included with the proposal.
    • 1 page total for a brief bio of all research participants.
  • Note: See your college's or school's Associate Dean for Research for more information.