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About New Mexico EPSCoR

The New Mexico Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) is building the state's capacity to conduct scientific research and is training a diverse, well-qualified Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We do this through multi-year, federally funded projects that include New Mexico's research universities, primarily undergraduate higher education institutions, national laboratories, and other organizations.

Our current focus is the NM SMART Grid Center, an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation (NSF) project that is pursuing research and workforce training for next-generation electric power production and delivery.

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Mission & Vision

This mission of New Mexico's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) is to build the state's capacity to conduct scientific research while cultivating a diverse, well-qualified STEM workforce. We envision New Mexico as a state that has achieved self-sufficiency in a sustainable manner through its research and development enterprise, has a strong STEM pipeline between community colleges and the research universities, promotes innovation, new business, and economic development, and is recognized contributors to the national and global STEM research enterprise.

Mission and Vision


The NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research supports 25 states, two territories, and one commonwealth in its efforts to build sustainable research and human infrastructure. The mission of EPSCoR is to advance excellence in science and engineering research and education in order to achieve sustainable increases in research, education, and training capacity and competitiveness that will enable EPSCoR jurisdictions to have increased engagement in areas supported by the NSF. Of all NSF EPSCoR faculty hires, 78% remain in their original jurisdictions, creating a return on investment for each jurisdiction.

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Impacts on New Mexico

Research Infrastructure

One of the main goals of NM EPSCoR is to support research infrastructure through shared-use equipment. Several higher education institutions across the state benefit from state-of-the-art equipment purchases using NM EPSCoR funding, including a magnetotelluric system, laser-based isotope systems, gas chromatography systems, mass spectrometers, and more. These equipment purchases will remain available for faculty and students at their home universities, and will support their research projects for years to come.

Current Research

Research Infrastructure

Natives in STEM

Natives in STEM is a collaborative project between NM EPSCoR and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). The project aims to increase Native American identity and sense of belonging in STEM by creating and sharing positive images and stories of Native STEM professionals. Natives in STEM provides access to Native STEM professionals, creates an educational tool for teachers and schools, increases understanding of and interest in STEM for Native communities, broadens educational and career choices for Native students, and strengthens the Native STEM community network.

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Natives in STEM

Museum Exhibits

In order to communicate research broadly to the public, NM EPSCoR funded three exhibits at science museums in Albuquerque: a bioalgal exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, a solar energy exhibit at Explora Science Center, and a uranium exhibit at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. These museum exhibits provide a vehicle for NM EPSCoR research to be shared with hundreds of thousands of members of the general public, on a much larger scale than could be accomplished through traditional outreach activities.

Museum Exhibits

Creative Startups

The Creative Startups Accelerator was launched in 2014 with seed funding from NM EPSCoR to help jump-start the careers and businesses of creative entrepreneurs. The program is now located in three sites domestically (Albuquerque; Winston-Salem, NC; Baltimore, MD) and recently expanded internationally in Kuwait and Malaysia. To date, they have graduated 40 startups from the New Mexico Accelerator program. So far, the startup companies that participated in the accelerator have raised $11 million in private investment, generated $10 million in new revenues, and created over 160 new jobs in New Mexico (210 jobs globally).

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Creative Startups

By the Numbers

Since 2001, EPSCoR programs have provided $183 million to New Mexico to build capacity in research infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure, and STEM workforce development and education. In the last National Science Foundation (NSF) Track 1 project (Energize New Mexico), NM EPSCoR participants brought in over $58 million in external funding, published over 200 peer-reviewed publications, and reached over 10,000 people through museum exhibits and public events.

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People of NM EPSCoR

SMART Grid Research Team Leads

Research Team Leads

  1. Architecture: Satish Ranade (NMSU), Olga Lavrova (NMSU), Ali Bidram (UNM)
  2. Networking: Jay Misra (NMSU), Jun Zheng (NM Tech), Michael Devetsikiotis (UNM)
  3. Decision-Support: Huiping Cao (NMSU), Enrico Pontelli (NMSU), Abdullah Mueen (UNM), Manel Martínez-Ramón (UNM)
  4. Deployment: Ali Bidram (UNM), Satish Ranade (NMSU), Jun Zheng (NM Tech), Enrico Pontelli (NMSU)
  5. Cyberinfrastructure: Diana Dugas (NMSU), Karl Benedict (UNM), Patrick Bridges (UNM), Jon Wheeler (UNM)

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State Committee

New Mexico EPSCoR’s State Committee ensures accountability and responsibility. The members ensure the current project promotes engagement, includes diverse participants, and facilitates communication and coordination among the project components.

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State Office

The NM EPSCoR State Office is located on UNM South Campus as part of the Science & Technology Park. We are one block west of University Blvd. and one block north of Avenida Cesar Chavez. Our address is 1312 Basehart SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

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Contact Us

Contact Us

For General Project Inquiries:
William Michener, Project Director:
Anne Jakle, Associate Director:
ajakle@epscor.unm.edu | 505-226-2688

For Education/Outreach Inquiries:
Selena Connealy, Education & Outreach Manager:
connealy@epscor.unm.edu | 505-217-5605

For Communication and Media Inquiries:
Brittney Van Der Werff, Public Relations Specialist:

For Reporting and Website Inquiries:
Isis Serna, Website Administrator:

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