Internal Research Funding Opportunities

MGM offers annual internal funding programs for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members.  The Stephanie Ruby Predoctoral Travel Award was established in honor of MGM faculty member Stephanie Ruby's contributions to research education by funding graduate student travel to a scientific conference.  The department also offers a Postdoctoral Travel Award. The Intradepartmental Collaboration Grant is intended to fund new or ongoing collaborations between MGM laboratories.   

Intradepartmental Collaboration Grant

Submit the following to David Peabody (dpeabody@salud.unm.edu) and Sally Ann Garcia (SAnGarcia@salud.unm.edu) by September 15.

  1. Two-page summary describing the project and the respective roles of the individual laboratories.
  2. Budget ($12,500 maximum) and budget justification. [No faculty salary is permitted, and no more than 5% of a technician.]

 Collaborators that submit together cannot submit the same proposal more than once - each year projects must be different.

Stephanie Ruby Predoctoral Travel Award 

Terms: Awards can be up to $1,500 to cover travel expenses, including airfare, hotel costs, per diem, and registration costs. Awards are given on a competitive basis, the number depending on available funds.

Eligibility:  Applicants must be pre-doctoral graduate students in good standing, working in the laboratory of a Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology faculty member.

The Application Process:

Due dates: February 1 and September 1 each year

The application should include:

  1. A one-page description of the conference (including conference name, date, and location) and a narrative indicating how attendance will benefit the student’s research and training. Include a statement of whether the student’s application to attend the conference has yet been accepted.
  2. A copy of the student’s conference abstract.
  3. A budget showing a breakdown of expenses (registration fees, airline, hotel, etc.), deducting any funds obtained from other sources (if any), and showing the total amount of the request.

Requirements: The Stephanie Ruby Pre-doctoral Travel Award should be acknowledged on the poster or in the talk at the conference, as well as in any publications that may result from work presented at the conference.

Please email applications to David Peabody (dpeabody@salud.unm.edu) and Sally Ann Garcia (SAnGarcia@salud.unm.edu

MGM Postdoctoral Travel Award 

Purpose:  To support the research, scholarship and training of postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, funds will be provided to help postdoctoral fellows to present their research at scientific conferences and meetings.

Terms:  It is expected that at least two awards will be given per year.  Awards may be up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses, including airfare, hotel costs, per diem, and registration fees.

Eligibility:  Applicants must be a current postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of a Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology faculty member.

Due dates: February 1 and September 1 each year.

To apply:

  1. A one-page description of the conference (including conference name, date, and location) and a narrative indicating how attendance will benefit the postdoctoral fellow’s research, scholarship, and training. Include a statement of whether the postdoctoral fellow’s application to attend the conference has yet been accepted.
  2. A copy of the postdoctoral fellow’s conference abstract.
  3. A budget showing a breakdown of expenses (registration fees, airline, hotel, etc.), deducting any funds obtained from other sources (if any), and showing the total amount of the request.

Requirements: The Department of MGM Postdoctoral Travel Award should be acknowledged on the poster or in the talk at the conference, as well as in any publications that may result from work presented at the conference.

Please email application materials to Kathryn M. Frietze (kfrietze@salud.unm.edu) and Sally Ann Garcia (SAnGarcia@salud.unm.edu)

Publications supported by the Stephanie Ruby Travel Award and the Postdoctoral Travel Award:

Tasnim, H., Fricke, G.M., Byrum, J.R., Sotiris, J.O., Cannon, J.L., Moses, M.E. 2018. Quantitative measurement of naïve T cell association with dendritic cells, FRCs, and blood vessels in lymph nodes. Frontiers in Immunology. Jul 26;9:1571. *corresponding author. PMID: 30093900 PMCID: PMC6070610 DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.01571​

Zheng H, Wu D, Wu X, Zhang X, Zhou Q, Luo Y, Yang X, Chock CJ, Liu M, and Yang XO. Leptin promotes allergic airway inflammation through targeting the unfolded protein response pathway. Sci. Rep. 8: 8905 (2018). PMID: 29891850, PMCID: PMC5995879

Bemiller SM, Maphis N, Formica SV, Wilson GN, Miller CM, Xu G, Kokiko-Cochran ON, Kim K, Jung S, Cannon JL, Crish SD, Cardona AE, Lamb BT, and K Bhaskar.  Genetically enhancing the expression of chemokine domain of CX3CL1 fails to prevent tau pathology in mouse models of tauopathy.  J Neuroinflammation (2018) Sep 25;15(1):278.

Maphis, N., Peabody, J., Crossey, E., Jiang, S., Ahmad, F., Alvarez, M., Monsoor, S.K., Yaney, A., Yang, Y. Sillerud, L., Wilson, C., Selwyn, R., Brigman, J., Cannon, J., Peabody, D.S., Chackerian, B., and K. Bhaskar (2019). Qß Virus-like particle-based vaccine induces robust immunity and protects against tauopathy. npj Vaccines 4, Article number: 2. 03 June 2019