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The current Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track 1 award is a five-year, $20 million investment in statewide research infrastructure, workforce development training, and STEM education. Our main RII initiatives are divided into Research and Programs, and Funding Opportunities will be available throughout the project.


The New Mexico EPSCoR SMART Grid Center—a novel, interdisciplinary research center—will pursue next-generation electric power production and delivery through an evolution of a SMART electric grid that responds to evolving technologies, user choices and practices, regulations, and threats.

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NM EPSCoR Programs ensure diversity participation in the SMART Grid Center and train the next generation of SMART-and micro-grid professionals. NM EPSCoR also engages stakeholders and the general public in SMART Grid Center topics. 

Funding opportunities

Graduate Externships provide resources for graduate students (with existing assistantships) to spend a semester or summer doing research at a partnering university, national laboratory, or industry facility. Activities may include taking courses at the host institution, conducting research in a host laboratory, and interacting in the host institution’s academic setting.

Graduate Externships will be available in Year 2 (2019-2020) through Year 5 (2022-2023).

Selena Connealy
Education and Outreach Manager, NM EPSCoR

Small awards (<$7,500) to support working groups in SMART grid research innovation and training/learning activities. C-IWG awards generally support groups of 8 to 12 individuals working together for two to three days to integrate disciplines, institutions, models, testbeds, and/or approaches to modernizing the electricity grid.

Solicitations for C-IWG proposals will be issued yearly in the spring.

Anne Jakle, Associate Director, NM EPSCoR

The Seed Award program is designed to support transformative research and capacity building in emerging smart grid areas (e.g., computer science, electrical and computer engineering, cyberinfrastructure, and workforce development). The $50,000 awards can be used to purchase research and teaching equipment and to pay for student researcher salaries, research supplies, and student conference travel. These awards are meant for pursuing novel research thrusts that lead to new external funding opportunities, and increasing access to research experiences, particularly for undergraduate students from under-represented groups. Faculty members at any public two- or four-year New Mexico institution of higher education are eligible to apply.

Two Seed Awards will be made each year. Solicitations for Seed Award proposals will be issued yearly in the spring.

Anne Jakle, Associate Director, NM EPSCoR