Research Allocations Committee

Spring 2023 Call for Proposals

We invite UNM voting faculty on the Main and Branch Campuses 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), with project duration of 18 months from the receipt of funds. The online proposal portal can be found at: beginning February 1, 2023. The proposal submission deadline is February 15, 2023. RAC Committee will complete their deliberations by early March 2023.

RAC funds UNM faculty scholarship, whether it be creative endeavors (including performances and materials), or more traditional research. The goal of RAC is to support new, innovative research with some priority given to junior faculty and to faculty in fields where there is less external funding available. RAC funded projects reflect the diversity of research and creative activity on our campuses.

The proposal submission guidelines are available at the UNM RAC website:
We have recently modified the review rubric for proposals and implemented a system of ranking RAC priorities, The rubric can be found with the posted guidelines. Again, we invite all interested UNM faculty to submit proposals. If you have questions about or need assistance with your proposal, please contact our office: .

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

HSC faculty, 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: RAC funding is available to faculty from branch campuses of UNM. We encourage our colleagues at the various campuses to submit proposals for RAC funding.

Previously funded proposals, titles, awardee, affiliation, and budget are listed on the RAC website:
Summary statistics for all proposal submissions can be found at:

Michael Graves
Research Allocations Committee Chair

Opens February 1, 2023, 8:00 am MST

More information

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: