Spring 2019 Internal Request for Proposals

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 awards to support proposal development efforts for external research grants. This support can be direct, i.e. salary support to develop and submit a proposal or indirect, i.e. 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


Applications are due no later than 5:00pm on 31 January 2019 and must be submitted using the online application form. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Awards will be announced no later than 30 March 2019.


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

Q: How can the award be used?
A: The award can used to provide salary support (including summer) to college faculty or undergraduate/graduate students or some combination thereof. The award cannot be used for supplemental compensation, travel, or equipment purchases.

Q: How is this program being paid for?
A: Up to three awards will made from a generous gift from Prof. Lou Kazda for faculty research “mini grants.” Up to five awards will be made from the WERC/IEE endowment in the areas of energy, environment, and water. Up to four awards will be made from OER overhead.

Q: Does the award have to be spent before 15 August 2019?
A: Yes but the targeted research proposal can be due after 15 August 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.

Other Information

Autonomous systems & robotics and Communications, sensing, & signal processing proposals will be funded from the Kazda Family gift.