Energize New Mexico

Year 5 Annual Report

June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018


Welcome to the Energize New Mexico Year 5 Annual Report, a digital interactive site housing our accomplishments and milestones from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. This is the final year of the Energize New Mexico grant.

Since project inception, Energize New Mexico participants have been awarded $55.7 million in extramural funding from federal agencies, state agencies, and private foundations, representing a 2.5:1 return on investment. These external funding successes contributed to New Mexico’s overall NSF funding total, which for the first time exceeded EPSCoR eligibility criteria, thereby achieving the main goal of the NSF EPSCoR program. Energize New Mexico funded over 420 participants over 5 years, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. The project also supported 49 undergraduate and 47 graduate students through graduation. Over 50% of reporting participants identified as female or under-represented minorities.

The New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) is a multi-faceted, multi-institutional program aimed at improving the research, human resources, and cyberinfrastructure required for New Mexico to achieve its energy, education, and workforce development potential. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), NM EPSCoR was established in 2001, and the current grant (Energize New Mexico) began in 2013. In that short time, NSF NM EPSCoR has contributed over $180 million to New Mexico in direct EPSCoR awards and co-funded awards.


Collaboration is at the heart of Energize New Mexico. Over 5 years, Energize New Mexico involved 459 participants from over 40 institutions statewide, including national labs, community colleges, state universities, informal education facilities, and industry. The grant has also catalyzed partnerships among these groups with researchers, students, and educators that would not have been possible without NM EPSCoR. In addition to the over 420 participants over the life of Energize New Mexico, grant external engagement activities have reached nearly 10,000 members of the public in New Mexico, including K-12 teachers and students. The museum exhibits funded by NM EPSCoR have a potential to reach over 250,000 people.