Spring 2019 Request for Mini-Grant Proposals

(Please read this page carefully as some information has changed. 2019-Jan-07)
The College of Engineering’s Office of Engineering Research (OER) supports college faculty in building research programs of nationally-recognized excellence. The OER is soliciting proposals from College of Engineering faculty for $10,000 mini-grants to support proposal development efforts for external research grants. This support can be direct, e.g. release time to develop and submit a proposal or indirect support, e.g. student salary support to initiate new research to test ideas or collect preliminary data with the intent to develop a grant proposal. Awards will be considered based on the scientific and technical merit leading to a high potential for funding.


The following are the topics of interest:

Aerospace Autonomous Systems & Robotics Biomedical Applications
Communications, Sensing, & Signal Processing    Cybersecurity    Energy & Energy Storage
Environment & Infrastructure Manufacturing & Systems Engineering Water



Q: How many mini-grant awards will be made?
A: An internal panel will review applications and make up to ten mini-grant awards.

Q: How can the mini-grant be used?
A: The mini-grant may be used to provide engineering faculty course release time, undergraduate/graduate engineering student salary support (including summer), and travel for purposes of proposal development efforts e.g. federal agencies or prospective university partners. The mini-grant may not be used for faculty summer salary, faculty supplemental compensation, conference travel, or equipment purchases.

Q: How are these mini-grants being paid for?
A: Up to three mini-grant awards may be made from the Kazda Family gift in the areas of autonomous systems & robotics and communications, sensing, & signal processing. Up to five mini-grant awards may be made from the WERC/IEE endowment in the areas of energy, environment, and water. Up to four mini-grant awards may be made from OER overhead.

Q: Does the mini-grant award have to be spent before 31 December 2019?
A: Yes, the mini-grant award must be spent before 31 December 2019 and the targeted research proposal should be due before 31 December 2019. Unspent funds will be returned to OER.

Q: What are the deliverables?
A: The submitted proposal serves as the deliverable.

Eligibility and Suggestions

New faculty that receive startup funding during the 2018-2019 academic year are not eligible to apply.

New collaborations between senior (>10 years @ NMSU) and junior faculty (<10 years @ NMSU) are viewed favorably.

New collaborations across engineering departments are viewed favorably.