Research Allocations Committee

Fall 2021 Call for Proposals

UNM voting faculty are invited to submit proposals for internal funding for small grants (budgets that are less than $4,000 per proposal), and large grants (budgets between $4,000 and a maximum of $10,000 per proposal), with proposal duration of 18 months from the receipt of funds.

We have recently modified the review rubric for proposals and implemented a system of ranking RAC priorities, and we invite all interested to please submit proposals. RAC funding is intended to represent the diversity of research on our campus.

Please note that if you have received a RAC grant in the past, and have an overdue final report, you may log into my proposals to upload a final report. Final reports for previous RAC grants are required for consideration of subsequent funding.

The proposal submission guidelines are available at the UNM RAC website:

The proposals are to be submitted online beginning October 1, 2021. The proposal submission deadline is October 15, 2021.

If you are HSC faculty, you are not eligible for this award. HSC has its own RAC award for HSC faculty. For more information on the HSC RAC award, please visit:

Opens October 1, 2021, 8:00 am MDT

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About the committee

Per the Faculty Handbook: The primary mission of the Research Allocations Committee's funding is to support the career development of faculty who are in various stages of career development, but priority will be given to faculty:

  1. in the early stage of their careers,
  2. embarking upon new directions, or
  3. in fields and disciplines where there is limited funding.

Committee members

The committee is made up of twelve members appointed by the Faculty Senate; of these twelve, at least one shall be selected from each of the following seven areas with no more than three members from any one area serving concurrently:

  • Physical Sciences — e.g., chemistry, earth and planetary, mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy.
  • Life Sciences — e.g., biology, psychology.
  • Social Sciences — e.g., anthropology, "business and administrative sciences", economics, geography, history, law, political science, sociology.
  • Engineering — all departments of the School of Engineering.
  • Education — all departments of the College of Education.
  • Humanities — e.g., architecture, English, journalism, foreign languages and literatures, Spanish and Portuguese, philosophy, communication.
  • Fine Arts — all departments of the College of Fine Arts.

For more information about committee membership: