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Faculty Funding Opportunities

NM-INBRE is a competitive career and science development program that emphasizes the maturation of research projects into comprehensive research programs. Eligible faculty have the opportunity to compete for research project funding through NM-INBRE’s Developmental Research Project Program (DRPP) to enhance their scientific advancement, professional growth, student mentoring, and collaborations. NM-INBRE focuses on faculty progress toward establishing independent research programs in order to sustain research activities beyond the INBRE award. The NM-INBRE DRPP therefore expects faculty investigators to take active steps toward securing external funding, and encourages investigators to submit proposals to the NIH and other federal agencies.

Technology Access Grants

To support high-quality research and training that depends on costly technologies, core facilities, services and/or expertise, NM-INBRE offers support for faculty and students at its member institutions to access relevant research tools.

Requests may include:

  • Facility access and/or training costs
  • Costs to obtain archived or gathered data sets, sample processing, or analytical services (such as DNA/RNA sequencing, -omics, etc.)
  • Training costs required to use instrumentation at technical or core facilities
  • Expert consultants such as those in biostatistics, bioinformatics, or other disciplines peripheral but necessary for sound experimental design or implementation

Faculty Release Time

Funds may be available periodically to cover faculty release time for the purpose of research-related activity that is not direct project support. Examples of appropriate release-time requests include developing a research project proposal or research manuscript. Release time must be approved by the applicant’s institutional supervisor and administrative official.

Conference Presentation Support

Conference support may be provided to cover the cost of registration and/or travel to professional meetings or conferences for researchers who will be presenting their research and may be students or faculty (while funds are available).


Funding level 1: $5,000 ‐ $25,000 annual direct costs

Funding duration: single academic term or year, depending on application type and justification.

Characteristics of Mini-Sabbatical:

  • Immersion experience at a Research-Intensive institution
  • Work with investigator who has established research program
  • Develop new data for collaborative publications and/or grant submissions
  • Learn new approaches or techniques to take back to home institution

Eligible Institutions:

  • NM-INBRE Network Research-Intensive (RI) Institutions
  • New Mexico State University (NMSU)
  • University of New Mexico, Main Campus (UNM-Main)
  • University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center (UNM-HSC)
  • NM-INBRE Network Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI)
  • Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU)
  • New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU)
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT)
  • Northern New Mexico College (NNMC)
  • San Juan College (SJC)
  • Western New Mexico University (WNMU)

Experiential Learning Development Projects (ELDP)

Funding level 2: $5,000 ‐ $40,000 annual direct costs

Funding duration: depends on application type, justification for multiple-year project, and proposed assessments that demonstrate institutional impact

Eligible Institutions: NM-INBRE Network Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI)

    • Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU)
    • New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU)
    • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT)
    • Northern New Mexico College (NNMC)
    • San Juan College (SJC)
    • Western New Mexico University (WNMU)

Eligible APPLICANTS: Investigators who wish to develop an ELDP application must work with their Institutional Liaison to ensure the proposed curricular approach and objectives fit within those of the institution. The official applicant this award type will be Institutional Liaison (listed below in Contacts).

Project types:

    1. Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)
      1. Development and implementation of a student research training course that provides hands-on exposure to research and training methods and concepts that are not available through conventional classroom activities, and may not be available to every student in the form of a traditional research apprenticeship
      2. The Model may be inquiry-based (the answer is known to the instructor) or discovery-based (the answer is unknown to the instructor)
      3. Priority will be given to those projects where student work includes bioinformatics tools
    2. Course development or improvement
      1. For existing courses that can attract promising students to health-related science through didactic education
      2. May create or adapt and improve an existing course
      3. Proposals should demonstrate how the research and education environment will be improved

Budget may include supplies, infrastructure, and/or salaries 

Other non-DRPP support that can be requested through your liaison


Grant pre-review services

NM-INBRE will arrange for expert peer review for your NIH grant application at no charge. We also can provide administrative review.

Equipment & Infrastructure investments

Keep your liaison updated on current and future infrastructural needs. Funds become available periodically.