At The University of New Mexico, faculty from 115 units across 14 colleges, four branch campuses and one satellite campus lead a vast array of sponsored and non-sponsored research efforts. UNM is the only R1 institution in the state, a designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, reserved for doctoral universities with very high levels of research activity. Here, a vast number of research initiatives, class projects, scholarly activities and creative works add immensely to the equation.

Grand Challenges

The University of New Mexico is dedicated to improving lives in New Mexico. To help meet this goal, UNM has identified three Grand Challenges that will build upon the expertise, commitment and focus of our faculty and staff to address three of the state’s most important issues. These research projects will leverage partnerships with other researchers, communities and stakeholders around the state to focus on Sustainable Water Resources, Substance Use Disorders and Successful Aging.

New Mexico’s Grand Challenges affect us all. From our smallest communities to our largest cities, from all four corners and every place in between, we all feel the need to develop sustainable water resources, reduce the prevalence of substance use disorders and ensure a high quality of life for our aging friends and family members.