Faculty Funding Opportunities

The New Mexico INBRE program offers funding to support multiple aspects of the research enterprise and career development for faculty and student researchers. The types of support described below are offered only while funds are available, not necessarily each year. More information about funding is available at the links below and from your Institutional Liaison.

Research Funding

The goal of NM-INBRE research funding is to facilitate investigator scientific and career achievement that leads to independently funded research programs at New Mexico Institutions. Support for research projects is provided through a suite of award mechanisms that allow for one- or multi-year projects appropriate to the proposed scientific aims. Project funding is awarded after a rigorous process of scientific and program review and final approval for the project by the National Institutes of Health.       Learn More

Administrative Supplements

Periodic calls for projects that address an area of specific and urgent interest to the National Institutes of Health may be available. These awards are provided for very short-term project periods of 8 months to a year and require very quick application and proposal through the NM-INBRE Administrative Core to NIH. Opportunities to apply will be posted as NIH makes them available.

Collaboration Support

Funds may be provided to defray the costs of research collaboration. Collaborative activities are funded with the concurrent objectives of conducting mutually beneficial research among collaborators, while developing the strategies necessary to maintain successful collaborations. Collaboration support may be requested for one of the following types:

  • Collaborative projects. involving researchers from multiple institutions from Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming are supported by the Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks (RAIN) with the expectation they will result in federal grant proposals and/or publication. Click here to apply for a RAIN-sponsored Collaborative Project.

Collaboration development. Funds may be required to design and further develop a collaborative project with an investigator at another institution. On a limited basis NM-INBRE may support activity such as travel to meet or consult with experts or potential researchers with the expected outcome of submitting a collaborative project proposal to RAIN, NM-INBRE, or a federal agency.

Tech Access

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.


Funds may be requested to cover costs related to time needed at another institution or facility to receive training in research methods, data collection or analysis, or instrumentation use that will expand research capabilities of researchers at member institutions.

Equipment or Instrumentation

NM-INBRE may support requests for capitalized equipment or instrumentation that builds the research capabilities at member organizations. Priority will be given to requests that meet the needs of multiple users, and those that have institutional commitment to share the costs of purchase. Capitalized equipment is defined by NIH as an article of tangible nonexpendable personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit, or the amount set by institutional policy. In addition to review by the NM-INBRE Admin Core, the requestor’s Institutional Liaison will review all requests to ensure they fit within institutional research priorities.

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).

* To apply for Tech Access, Faculty Release Time, Mini-sabbatical, Equipment or Instrumentation & Conference Presentation Support, please click here: REQUEST for NM-INBRE FUNDS