The ADVANCE–PAID Program disseminates best practices from NMSU to its alliance members through training, mentoring and networking. The alliance members include the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
In 2007, The National Science Foundation awarded NMSU a three-year, half-million-dollar Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) grant. The program sought to increase the representation of women in academic careers in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in New Mexico. An Alliance for Faculty Diversity (AFD) was formed among the three Ph.D.-granting institutions in New Mexico and a national laboratory as a non-funded participant to share NMSU-ADVANCE best practices of mentoring, promotion and tenure, and department head training as well as improve the transition to the professoriate for students and postdoctoral fellows.
NMSU is a successful ADVANCE-Institutional Transformation (IT) institution (2002-2007). The percentage of women hired into STEM faculty positions doubled during the ADVANCE award. NMSU successfully disseminated to alliance members the materials and practices effective at increasing representation, participation, and advancement of women in academic science using retreats, distance delivery and face-to-face meetings.