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NSF Grant Enables Statewide Sustainable Energy Research in New Mexico


Read the full press release at UNM Today.

A new $20 mil­lion Exper­i­men­tal Pro­gram to Stim­u­late Com­pet­i­tive Research (EPSCoR) grant from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion will sup­port key research into ways to make New Mex­ico an energy suf­fi­cient state. The research will focus on ways to improve effi­ciency of sus­tain­able energy resource uti­liza­tion and to min­i­mize envi­ron­men­tal impacts of ura­nium min­ing and oil and gas production.

William Mich­ener, a pro­fes­sor with Uni­ver­sity Libraries at UNM, is the prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tor along with UNM co-PI Mary Jo Daniel. Mich­ener will coor­di­nate research, edu­ca­tion and admin­is­tra­tion of the award. Participating insti­tu­tions and part­ners include New Mex­ico State Uni­ver­sity, New Mex­ico Tech, East­ern New Mex­ico Uni­ver­sity, New Mex­ico High­lands Uni­ver­sity, Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege, New Mex­ico Museum of Nat­ural His­tory and Sci­ence, The National Museum of Nuclear Sci­ence and His­tory, Explora Museum, Los Alamos National Lab­o­ra­tory, San­dia National Lab­o­ra­to­ries, Santa Fe Insti­tute and the Global Cen­ter for Cultural Entrepreneurship.

“The main idea of this award is to build our state research capac­ity to develop the state’s poten­tial for sus­tain­able energy development through col­lab­o­ra­tions among acad­e­mia, busi­ness and indus­try and the National Labs,” Mich­ener said.

“This new award builds on prior NM EPSCoR suc­cesses and will fos­ter greater edu­ca­tional achieve­ment in STEM fields and expand oppor­tu­ni­ties for employ­ment in well-paid jobs for New Mex­i­cans,” Daniel said.