The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program (R25) is a developmental program that seeks to increase the capacity of underrepresented students in the biomedical sciences to complete Ph.D. degrees in these fields. The program provides grants to institutions with a commitment and history of developing students from populations underrepresented in biomedical sciences as defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
To be eligible for support through a RISE award, you must be majoring in the biomedical sciences—such as biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, etc.--and attend a college or university that has a RISE grant. RISE institutions are responsible for selecting the students to be supported, so students apply directly through their institution. See a list of colleges and universities that participate in the RISE program.
Yes. Investigators seeking $500,000 or more in direct costs (exclusive of consortium F&A) in any budget period are expected to include a Resource Sharing Plan. Investigators are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. View a Sample Resource Sharing Plan.
Grantees should follow the current RPPR Instruction Guide section 7.5 Education RPPRs. In general, the progress report should summarize the progress achieved in thereporting period with respect to the RISE program goals. A three-page limit per question is standardized across federal agencies implementing the RPPR. Numerical and other data may be presented in tabular form which are not counted in the three-page limit.
The progress report must answer the questions and include the tables mentioned below:
Do not report personnel for whom a PHS 2271 Appointment Form has been submitted through xTrain for question D.1.
No. Costs of workshops or courses with the limited focus of preparing students for a specific test such as the GRE are not allowable. However, expenses for courses, supplemental instructions, or workshops that could help students build their vocabulary, writing, communication skills, verbal reasoning, analytical, and critical thinking and that might help not only to gain entry to but also completion of a Ph.D. program are allowable.
No. Travel by PD(s)/PI(s), faculty, coordinators, research mentors, other personnel, or RISE participants is limited to domestic institutions (U.S. states, possessions and territories) only.
Applicants should follow established written institutional policy to determine compensation. If mentoring interactions and other activities with participants are considered a regular part of an individual’s academic duties, then any costs associated with the mentoring interactions and other activities with participants are not allowable costs from grant funds.
Yes. Carryover of funds is allowed.
Rebudgeting: Funds for the direct support of student participants (i.e. salaries, fringe benefits, tuition/fees, and student travel) are restricted and may not be rebudgeted without the prior written approval of NIGMS. However, any unused student participant funds carried forward into the next budget period are unrestricted and may be rebudgeted within the limitations set for in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, the Program Announcement, and the terms and conditions of the Notice of Award. Contact your Grant Management Specialist for further information.
NIGMS reserves the right to make budgetary reductions to award commitments in cases where recipients have accrued excessively large unobligated balances.
Recipients must use the eRA Commons No-Cost Extension feature to electronically notify NIH that they are exercising their one-time authority to extend without funds the completion date of an award. This extension feature becomes available to the recipient 90 days before the project period end date. Extensions may be up to 12 months beyond the final budget period end date. In the eRA Commons, this notification can be made up to the last day of the current project end date. An e-mail notification is automatically sent to the GMO. No further action by the recipient is required.
No. RISE program funds cannot be used for the recruitment of students to an institution.
It is important to note that any changes in the RISE program director (PD) require prior approval by NIH. The Institutional Signing Official must submit a request for change of PD signed by institutional leadership, current PD and the proposed new PD in advance of the expected date of change. The request must include a justification, other support information and current biographical sketch for the nominee. NIGMS will review the nominee's qualifications, re-evaluate the program considering the proposed change and provide a written decision to the grantee institution.
The Signing Official must submit a signed letter requesting NIH approval for acting PD to NIGMS and must include a current biographical sketch for the nominee. The letter should describe plans for the conduct of the program during the original PD's absence and indicate that the acting PD will have signature authority on trainee forms. NIGMS will review the request and provide a written decision to the grantee.
The RISE program is an institutional program with activities open to all students at the institution. The program should not deny participation in program-supported activities to anyone based solely on his/her race, color, national origin, disability, religion, gender, and age.
To receive salary support from the RISE program, students must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen national or permanent residents and must be matriculated full-time in baccalaureate or graduate degree programs in biomedical science fields at the applicant institution. (A non-citizen national is a person who, although not a citizen of the U.S., owes permanent allegiance to the U.S. This is generally a person born in a land that is not a state, but that is under U.S. sovereignty, jurisdiction, or administration—for example, America Samoa.) An individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence must possess an alien registration receipt card (I-551) prior to appointment on the grant. Individuals on temporary visas, those seeking asylum or refugees are not eligible for support from the RISE program.
RISE program undergraduates at the B.S/B.A level and the graduate M.S. level are expected to complete their degrees and matriculate into Ph.D. programs within 3 years of graduation. RISE program Ph.D. students are expected to complete their terminal degrees in biomedical research fields and advance to competing postdoctoral positions.
Each year, program-supported students must be formally appointed to the RISE program using the Statement of Appointment (PHS Form 2271) for each participant. Grantees must submit the PHS 2271 data electronically using the xTrain system. For assistance call the eRA Service Desk at 866-504-9552.
No. RISE participants need to be appointed in xTrain.
Generally, RISE undergraduate students are appointed for 2 (Junior and Senior year) to 4 years (Freshman to Senior year). Graduate students may be supported on RISE funding usually up to two years if preparing for a M.S. degree; and a total of five years (including any RISE funding for a M.S. degree) if preparing for a Ph.D. degree, provided their progress towards the degree is satisfactory.
Yes; however, applicants should note that NIGMS expects at least one consecutive 12-month appointment for RISE participants.
No. RISE is a Ph.D. preparatory program and not a financial assistance program for students who have already been accepted into a Ph.D. program and are just waiting for the enrollment period. The RISE program does not support students working on a second bachelor’s degree, second master’s degree or enrolled as full-time non-degree students after they have completed their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees.
No. You can only appoint the number allotted for the program. Request for additional students must be discussed with the designated Program Officer.
Program-supported students may not concurrently hold another federally sponsored stipend or fellowship, other federal award that duplicates RISE support, or supplemental salary support, e.g., from a mentor’s federal research grant. However, concurrent with RISE support, students may make use of federal educational loan funds and assistance under the Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act (G.I. Bill) or may receive funds from a Pell Grant, based on financial need. Such funds are not considered supplementation or compensation.
Generally, only existing program participants can be supported while a grant is on a no-cost extension. Consideration may be given (1) if the program has existing funds to support the new students for a minimum of 12 months, (2) there is a plan to submit a renewal or new application to continue the program, and (3) there is evidence of appropriate program management and successful outcomes. The PI should contact the Program Officer and Grants Management Specialist for prior approval.
For institutional eligibility and program policies regarding proposal application and submission that are not related to existing grants:
Anissa J. Brown, Ph.D. Program Director National Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institutes of Health 45 Center Drive MSC 6200 Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
Patrick H. Brown, Ph.D. Program Director National Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institutes of Health 45 Center Drive MSC 6200 Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
For questions on the review of applications:
Stephanie Constant, Ph.D. Chief, Office of Scientific Review National Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institutes of Health 45 Center Drive MSC 6200 Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
For questions on grants management and fiscal matters:
Grace Olascoaga Chief, Grants Administration Branch Division of Extramural Activities National Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institutes of Health 45 Center Drive MSC 6200 Bethesda, MD 20892-6200 Fax: 301-480-2554
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