The New Mexico LEEP application cycle is open for 8 weeks each spring, typically mid-February through mid-April. Register your interest to get personally notified when we open our 2023 applications for Cohort 3. Learn about New Mexico LEEP’s selection criteria, application process and dates, eligibility, and upcoming informational webinar. View the Cohort selection timeline.

Important Dates

February 15, 2023
Applications Open

MARCH 21, 2023
Informational Webinar

APRIL 17, 2023
Applications Close

View the Spring, 2022 LEEP Info Webinar to learn more about the New Mexico LEEP program, what we look for in an application, how to submit a strong application, the rigorous evaluation process and timelines, and the Q&A session at the end.

Selection Criteria

  • An application or product idea that fits into one or more of our 5 technology areas:
    advanced materials, AI & advanced computing, biotechnology, space systems, or energy transition.
  • Intention to transition your technology into a product.


  • Early customer discovery and interest in your solution.


  • Ability to commit to New Mexico LEEP for two years.


  • Relocate to New Mexico for the two-year program duration or longer.


  • Recommended that your technology development matches New Mexico’s national laboratory expertise. Contact us if you need help discovering which capabilities and focus areas match your innovations. 

Application Dates 2023

February 15, 2023

MARCH 21, 2023

APRIL 17, 2023

2023 Selection Timeline

  • April 17: Applications Close
    Deadline for our annual application cycle.
  • June 1-July 1: Virtual Interviews Scheduling
    Applicants are interviewed by a panel of staff, advisors and subject matter experts.
  • July 1-August 30: Alignment Workshop
    Selected applicants are paired with national laboratory researchers to determine synergy for collaboration.
  • September 11-12: Final Pitch Events
    Finalists present in New Mexico to our Strategic Leadership Council, reviewers, and staff for final selection.
  • Fall, 2023: New Mexico LEEP Cohort Announced
    Announcement includes press release, bios and project description.
  • January, 2024: Fellows Onboard
    All new Fellows are onsite in northern New Mexico.

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