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Investing in Faculty Success

A Program for Faculty Research Support

About the Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), in collaboration with Academic Affairs and ADVANCE at UNM, has launched an institutional initiative to support main campus faculty in navigating the post-pandemic world. UNM data show that during the pandemic, many faculty members spent less time on research and scholarship and related professional development as they revised their teaching and dealt with new and different demands in their home lives. As we transition out of the pandemic, the WeR1 Faculty Success Program seeks to support UNM faculty in new and creative ways.

Goals of the WeR1 Faculty Success Program were created with the understanding that faculty retention and advancement depends upon increased transparency, supportive structures, and resources that allow faculty to transition, rebuild, recover, and/or refocus their research, scholarship, and creative work. Any investment must encompass both small steps and expansive interdisciplinary initiatives—faculty need support now, but they also need that support to remain in place and be accessible in the coming years. The OVPR has committed over $1 million in funding for this program over the next two years.


UNM Main Campus tenure track or research faculty are eligible to apply for the programs when available. Preference will be given to non-tenured early career, tenure-track faculty and faculty whose research progress/productivity has been demonstrably affected by the pandemic. Recipients must have submitted all reports and requirements from previous OVPR awards.

Request for Proposals

For a complete listing of all internal competitions and RFP's please visit the Office of the Vice President for Research Infoready Engagement HUB.

Program for Enhancing Research Capacity (PERC)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce that the application window for a second round of the Program for Enhancing Research Capacity (PERC) will open in January 2022. PERC supports acquisition of shared instrumentation or enhancement of shared facilities that enable major endeavors to advance discovery, creativity and innovation across campus. This program seeks to add or augment research capacity through the acquisition or upgrading of instrumentation for use by multiple investigators. Thus, the proposed equipment must be housed within a space accessible to more than one PI/lab group and must have multiple committed users either within a single department/college, or preferably from multiple departments and colleges. Up to $400,000 will be invested in this funding cycle. Future funding will be dependent on availability of funds and program outcomes. The full RFP is attached.

Important Dates for Spring 2022 PERC:

  • January 28, 2022: Application window opens in InfoReady Review
  • March 11, 2022: Proposal due date
  • April 15, 2022: Proposals awarded

PERC Awardees

Fiscal Year Organization Lead Investigator Application
FY22 Manufacturing Engineering Matthias Pleil Maskless Photolithography for Cost Effective, Rapid Successful Research and Development
FY22 Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM) Payman Zarkesh-Ha Support for Purchasing of Agilent Universal Spectrophotometer Acquisition of a PrepFAST IC System to be Coupled with the Existing Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometer (ICP/MS) for simultaneous Trace Metals Analysis and Elements
FY22 Earth and Planetary Sciences Abdulmehdi Ali Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometer (ICP/MS) for simultaneous Trace Metals Analysis and Elements
FY22 Geography and Environmental Sciences Christopher Lippitt Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) for Terrain and Vegetation analysis
FY22 Center for Water & the Environment Katelin Fisher Acquisition of a Thermofisher Gallery Discrete Wet Chemistry Analyzer for the Center for Water and the Environment
FY22 Film and Digital Arts James Stone Post-Production Research Lab
FY22 Physics and Astronomy Francisco Chavez High-efficiency photon number resolving camera for interdisciplinary sciences

Faculty Scholarship Time


The FaST program provides funding for faculty to receive either a one-semester, one-course reduction in their teaching load or support for a graduate project assistant to assist with course-related duties (grading, office hours, preparation of course materials, etc.). Funding will be available for Spring 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023. Metrics on the first FaST program in Spring 2022 will be available at the end of the Spring 2022 semester.

Currently accepting applications for Fall 2022. Please visit the Infoready Portal for details and how to submit.

Full RFP document

FaST Applicant and Demographic Distribution

  • 43 applications received; 21 awards to faculty from 6 colleges
  • 71% from Arts and Sciences

  • 67% of submissions from women faculty
  • 95% of submissions from assistant professors

Summer Research for Faculty (SuRF)

In Summer 2021, over $280,000 of allocated funds were distributed to faculty members for support of research graduate students, writing, travel, repair or replacement of equipment, and incentives for human subject research:

  • 87 faculty participants
  • Over 2/3 of the applicants were women
  • 83% of the submissions were from assistant and associate professors
  • View the Summer 2021 Full RFP (application period closed July 2, 2021)

SuRF Applicant and Demographic Distribution

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Questions regarding this program can be directed to Greg Trejo by emailing:

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