**The 2018 deadline for this opportunity has passed or the internal application slot has been granted. Updated information will be posted when the next funding cycle opens.**


NIH RISE Solicitation

Program Summary

The RISE Program provides institutions the resources to support and train underrepresented, STEM-oriented students, who upon completion of their undergraduate degree are likely to successfully complete a Ph.D. program in a biomedical science field relevant to the NIH. The PCAST report provided evidence that financial concerns and a deficit of peers from similar backgrounds can erode self-confidence and the will to remain in STEM majors (PCAST Report, 2012). Supported students in the RISE Program form a cohort of research-oriented students and are provided with programmatic activities, including authentic research experiences, academic enhancements, skills development, and mentoring - activities proven to increase persistence in STEM fields (cited in PCAST Report, 2012).

Research Experiences. The aim of the RISE Program is to encourage and support research education and training in the biomedical sciences that will prepare students for research careers. The RISE Program supports the initiation of new academic developmental activities as well as the expansion, enhancement, and/or improvement of existing activities. Some institutions may choose to offer programs to improve preparation of undergraduate students for admission to research doctoral degree programs, others may concentrate on training graduate students to obtain their doctoral degrees and prepare for successful research careers, and still others may concentrate on both.

Courses for Skills Development. It is critical that students obtain a thorough understanding of experimental design, including the principles of experimental rigor through formal research education and training activities


CU Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST March 21, 2018

NIH Full Proposal Deadline: 5:00pm MST May 25, 2018


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 http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/) (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.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one application per institution is allowed.

Award Information and Duration

The maximum project period is 5 years. Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.


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