University of Southern California


PAR-16-361: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

Slots:                                                     1                             

LOI:                                                        N/A                       

Internal Deadline:                           March 23, 2018, 5pm

External Deadline:                          May 25, 2018, 5pm

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                        

Who May Serve as PI:                    The PD/PI should be an established full-time faculty member with a strong record in research, training, and teaching and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

This funding opportunity announcement is open to all institutions of higher learning that:

1) award science degrees to undergraduate (B.S. or B.A.) and/or graduate students (M.S./Ph.D.); and

2) have a historical mission statement that explicitly states that the institution was founded to educate students from any of the populations that have been identified as underrepresented in biomedical research as defined by the National Science Foundation NSF, see (i.e., African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, U.S. Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities); or

3)have a documented track record of recruiting, retaining, training, and graduating underrepresented students as defined by NSF (see above), which has resulted in the demonstrable outcome of increasing the institution’s contribution to the national pool of graduates from underrepresented backgrounds who pursue biomedical research careers.

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The over-arching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.

The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

The overarching goal of the program is to significantly increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who successfully complete baccalaureate and Ph.D. biomedical degrees.  In doing so, the overarching expectation is that through its support of new and ongoing institutionally-designed student and faculty developmental programs, the RISE Program will help reduce the gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between UR and non-UR students in the biomedical sciences at the national level. At the institutional level, programs will provide educational experiences that enhance diversity in the context of their specific environment.  It is expected that the following objectives will be achieved:

Research education programs may complement ongoing research training and education occurring at the applicant institution, but the proposed educational experiences must be distinct from those training and education programs currently receiving Federal support. R25 programs may augment institutional research training programs (e.g., T32, T90) but cannot be used to replace or circumvent Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.