Research Proposal Boilerplate


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The information provided below is meant to assist you as you prepare contract proposals and grants. It is a compilation of information that includes brief descriptions of the University’s colleges and schools, centers and institutes, galleries and museums, and statistical information.

Text may be copied and pasted into your document to create a more individualized proposal. If needed, additional information can be accessed via the links to specific homepages and resources. Please note that the information provided in the boilerplate is not exhaustive and may not be applicable to your specific proposal. Please be certain to review the information and only use what is appropriate.

Be sure to carefully review your proposal for formatting, completeness, and accuracy, as well as adhering to sponsor guidelines before sending it on to the reviewer.

The University of New Mexico

Founded in 1889, The University of New Mexico now occupies 600 acres along old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a city and metro area of more than 903,000 people. In FY2021 the University drew in revenues of over $3.316 billion. In the fall of 2021 the campuses of the University of New Mexico served 21,638 students.

The University of New Mexico offers access to high quality education and research service programs by providing students the values, habits of mind, knowledge, and skills they need to be enlightened citizens and to contribute to the state and national economies. Building on its educational, research and creative resources, the University provides services directly to the City and State, including health care, social services, policy studies, commercialization of inventions, and cultural events.

The University of New Mexico main campus and branches in Gallup, Los Alamos, Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, and Taos qualify as "institutions with high Hispanic enrollment" per the U.S. Department of Education Accredited Postsecondary Education Minority Institution list. In addition, UNM–Albuquerque is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity. UNM ranks 24nd in the nation for top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics as cited in Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, 2019. As of 2017, UNM ranks 91st in the top 100 institutions by the National Science Foundation.

The College of Education & Human Sciences

The COEHS is led by Dean Hansel Burley, who leadership is built upon the principal that a diversity of people creates a diversity of ideas towards success in an organization. The COEHS' mission is the study and practice of education through teaching, research, and service, emphasizing excellence and diversity through people, ideas, and innovation. COEHS faculty, 2020-2021 academic year, were comprised of: Hispanic 23%, American Indian 7%, Asian 7%, Black 3%, White 54%, International 5%, and Unknown 7%. Of these, 67% identified as female and 33% identified as male for a total of 110 faculty ( COEHS students, 2020 - 2021 academic year, were comprised of: Hispanic 47%, American Indian 9%, Asian 2%, Black 3%, White 31%, Native Hawaiian .3%, Two or More Races 3%, International 4%, and Unknown 1%. Of these, 74% identified as female and 26% identified as male for a total of 2,542 students. For detailed information regarding students, faculty and other data can be requested from the COEHS Data Team at:

COEHS has five academic departments, as follows: the Department of Special Education; Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences; Department of Individual, Family, and Community Education; Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, and the Department of Teach Education and Educational Leadership and award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate certificates and endorsements. A sample of endorsements offered by COEHS are American Indian Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), Bilingual Education, and Reading. The following academic institutes and centers are also housed in the COEHS: Institute for American Indian Education (IAIE), Latin American Programs in Education (LAPE), and Multicultural Education Center (MEC).

Valuable resources and facilities are available to staff, faculty, and students, such as the Center for Student Success, Copy Center, and Johnson Center, which includes a natatorium, nutrition lab, and exercise physiology and therapy labs. The Technology and Education Center provides computer facilities and comprehensive technological support.

College of Education & Human Sciences Institutes and Centers

College of Education & Human Sciences faculty are actively engaged in research and instructional development. COEHS faculty were awarded $3.5 million in FY 2021, in 16 new awards, including funding from federal agencies, the State of New Mexico, industry, foundations, and national labs. As of 2017, the University of New Mexico is ranked 91st in the top 100 institutions by NSF because of its active sponsored funding portfolio.

Research and Awards Reports to include COEHS Award and Proposal Information

In addition, COEHS faculty actively publish the results of their research efforts that are detailed in an extensive list by the college.

UNM Assets and Facilities

UNM has a multitude of assets and facilities. What follows is an overview of some of them. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list.


College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences mission is to create new knowledge in the arts and sciences, to disseminate that knowledge to students as it is created and apply that knowledge to the pressing issues of the day at local, state, and international sites. A&S programs that connect us with the teachers and students in P-12 schools include the following:

Anderson School of Management

The Anderson School at the University of New Mexico is a world-class, AACSB accredited business school with award-winning faculty and programs, offering a wide array of degree programs for a diverse student population.

School of Public Administration

The School of Public Administration advances professional education for public and health administration at the University of New Mexico. Faculty members conduct sophisticated research that integrates interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies to address managerial, ethical, and equity challenges in public and health institutions in a complex and diverse world. SPA offers up-to-date courses in the theory, application, and implementation of management principles for professionals working or planning to work in public and health systems.

School of Engineering

Founded in 1906, the School of Engineering offers outstanding engineering and computer science education to students at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, awarding over 400 total degrees annually.

College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts nurtures creative thinking and supports innovative work across all disciplines by providing in-depth training and mentoring in the complex skills necessary for achievement in the arts. The College integrates teaching, research, and creative work in order to prepare students to participate in the evolving disciplinary and professional practices of the arts.

School of Architecture and Planning

The School of Architecture and Planning, founded by an act of the Territorial Legislature in 1889, had the role of designing and building settlements in the Rio Grande Valley. The School has been prominent in the development of the region since statehood in 1912. The School has strong historic ties with both the College of Engineering and the College of Fine Arts on the main campus.

School of Law

The School of Law is the state’s only law school and is located on the University of New Mexico’s North Campus. The School’s clinical program, a requirement for graduation, is recognized nationally as one of the best, offering students a broad range of practical opportunities.

Health Sciences Center

The Health Sciences Center’s vision is to make more progress in New Mexico’s health and health equity than any other state, in collaboration with community partners. All New Mexicans should have access to preventive and advanced health care – and the opportunity for an excellent education in the health sciences. This dual belief is ingrained in HSC values and mission.

School of Medicine

The School of Medicine is committed to remaining a world-class institution in three equally valued and inter-related missions of patient care, education, and research. The success of these missions requires the integration of the School of Medicine and UNM Hospitals and a shared destiny with the University of New Mexico. The goal is to provide top-notch clinical services to the residents of New Mexico while being recognized as a respected School of Medicine training doctors for New Mexico.

College of Pharmacy

The mission of the College of Pharmacy is to develop innovative leaders in pharmaceutical care and research who enhance the quality of life for the people of New Mexico and the United States. Since its founding in 1945, as the first health professional program on the University of New Mexico campus, over 2,500 pharmacists and 100 pharmaceutical scientists have graduated from the College.

College of Nursing

The College of Nursing is a fully accredited component of the distinguished Health Sciences Center. With over 50 years of service, the College of Nursing constitutes a vital resource for the state of New Mexico by maintaining a full range of superior programs in traditional areas while addressing the special needs of a highly diverse population with thoughtfully designed programs to make nursing education available to everyone in the state.

College of Population Health

The University of New Mexico College of Population Health is an active force in UNM’s larger mission to improve healthcare delivery, access, and equality for all people. Through our rigorous research efforts, Bachelor of Science in Population Health, Master of Public Health, and other programs, we are agents of change in New Mexico and beyond. Research at the UNM College of Population Health focuses on eliminating injury and disease, improving the health of the people in our region and beyond, and reducing healthcare disparities among populations.

Branch Colleges

UNM has four branch colleges that respond specifically to the unique needs and multicultural backgrounds of their respective communities by offering community education programs, career education – including certificate and associate degree programs, and transfer programs that prepare students for upper division entry into colleges and universities.

UNM Centers and Institutes

Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions, CASAA

CASAA seeks to reduce suffering caused by substance use and other addictive behaviors by generating quality prevention and treatment research.

Center for Advanced Research Computing, CARC

The mission of CARC is to support faculty-led, computing-based, and research throughout the University of New Mexico.

Center for Micro-Engineered Materials,  CMEM

The Center provides a focal point for materials science research and education at UNM towards developing new interdisciplinary technologies.

Center for High Tech Materials, CHTM

CHTM is a nationally recognized center for photonics and microelectronic research.

Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology, CETI

Initially funded in 2003 through a grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology (CETI) cultivates some of the brightest minds from the fields of Biology and Computer Science. Through their interdisciplinary initiative, CETI has become a nationally recognized center of biomedical research excellence in evolutionary and theoretical immunology and its researchers conduct collaborative research on the evolution and diversification of immune systems across all organisms.

CETI Core Facilities


University Libraries is the only member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in New Mexico. University Libraries serves the entire state – providing access to materials, instruction, and research.

Special collections and research programs serve the diverse population of New Mexicans:

Museums and Galleries

UNM is home to a multitude of Museums and Galleries:

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

The Maxwell Museum was founded in 1932 as the Museum of Anthropology of the University of New Mexico, becoming the first public museum in Albuquerque. Maxwell Museum includes associated research institutes – the Office of Contract Archaeology, the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, and the Maxwell Center for Anthropological Research. The museum represents a comprehensive center for cultural studies and public education.

UNM Art Museum & Permanent Collection

With close to 30,000 objects, the University Art Museum houses by far the largest fine art collections in New Mexico. These collections enable us to fulfill our mandated missions: to educate about and through art, to directly support the academic programs of the University of New Mexico, to enrich the cultural life of the city and the state, and to contribute to the international scholarly community. The Art Museum holds over 10,000 photographs, from early daguerreotypes to contemporary digital images, by almost every recognized master of the medium (and also by anonymous photojournalists and amateurs). The print collection contains close to 17,000 examples of the entire history of fine art printmaking. A special emphasis is given to the history of lithography, from its invention (in 1798) to now.

Museum of Southwestern Biology

The Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) is a research and teaching facility in the Department of Biology, University of New Mexico.

Meteorite Museum

Geology Museum

Greenhouse Conservatory

Masley Hall Art Gallery

Sommers Gallery

Tamarind Institute

University of New Mexico Fact Book Quick Links

The UNM Fact Book is the official statistical fact book for the University of New Mexico. It contains a wide range of information and data about the University – including data on students, faculty, and staff. It also contains information about degrees, program accreditation, research, finances, and UNM’s organizational structure.

UNM Fact Books

The UNM Fact Book includes the following information:

  • Student Demographics
  • Preparation, Retention, and Graduation Rates (Main Campus)
  • Accreditation at UNM
  • Faculty Diversity
  • Faculty Scholarship
  • Contract & Grant Expenditures
  • Economic Development Contributions
  • Information Technology Services (ITS)
  • Actual Current Fund Revenue/Expenditures
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships
  • Endowment Funds/Gifts
  • Capital Outlay Funds

External Quick Links

Albuquerque Public Schools

National Center for Educational Statistics - Elementary and Secondary Information System

National Center for Educational Statistics - Search for Schools, Colleges and Libraries database

New Mexico Legislature

New Mexico Public Education Department

Education Week Quality Counts Report on School Rankings

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

U.S Census Bureau State and County Quick Facts for New Mexico


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