U-RISE (T34)

Goal of the Program

The Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement, or U-RISE (T34) (PAR-21-146​), supports the training of research-oriented undergraduates earning a baccalaureate at research-active institutions, who are planning to earn a research-focused higher degree (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.).

Institutional Eligibility

U-RISE training programs at domestic institutions will be expected to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. Proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for the completion of research-focused higher degree programs in biomedical fields. The program is limited to applications from training programs at baccalaureate degree-granting research-active institutions (i.e., those with an average of NIH Research Project Grant funding less than $7.5 million total costs over the last 3 fiscal years). RPG data are available through NIH RePORTER). For guidance on determining program eligibility, see here [PDF]. The total requested project period for these awards may not exceed 5 years.

To prevent the duplication of diversity enhancing NIGMS programs, each institution will be eligible for one diversity enhancing undergraduate program (either MARC or U-RISE) regardless of the activity code (R25 or T34) Institutions with MARC, U-RISE, IMSD, or G-RISE are eligible to participate in the Bridges to the Baccalaureate and/or Bridges to the Doctorate programs.

Program Design

U-RISE Training program should provide high-quality training that equips individuals with the

  • technical (e.g., appropriate methods, technologies, and quantitative/computational approaches),
  • operational (e.g., independent knowledge acquisition, rigorous experimental design, and interpretation of data) and
  • professional (e.g., management, leadership, communication, and teamwork) skills required for careers in the biomedical research workforce.
Each institution is encouraged to design a program that emphasizes its environment, mission and strengths, and to set measurable goals and specific objectives against which the program will use for self-assessment and evaluation for continual institutional improvement and continued funding. The total project period may not exceed 5 years. The size of award will vary with the scope of the research training program proposed. While there are no budgetary caps for this award, all requested costs must be reasonable, well-documented, and fully justified and commensurate with the scope of the proposed program.

Program Director (PD)/Principle Investigator (PI) Eligibility:

Any full time (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) individual(s) of the applicant institution with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research training program as the Training Program Director/Principal Investigator (Training PD/PI) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

NIGMS encourages multiple PDs/PIs, particularly when each brings a unique perspective and skill set that will enhance training. At least one of the training PDs/PIs should be an established investigator in the biomedical sciences and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. Additional PD(s)/PI(s), including individuals with experience in the science of education, relevant social science disciplines, program evaluation, mentoring, and university administration may be included to achieve the training goals.

Trainee Eligibility:

U-RISE programs select the trainees to be supported. Trainees must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. At the time of appointment, trainees must be enrolled full-time in a baccalaureate program in the biomedical sciences at the applicant institution that will prepare the trainee for a biomedical, research-focused higher degree program (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.). Additional details on citizenship, training period, and aggregate duration of support are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

All trainees are required to pursue their training full time, as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies. Appointments are normally made in 12-month increments for 2-3 years, and no trainee may be appointed for less than nine months, except with prior approval of the NIH awarding unit.

Applicants should also note that NIGMS does not require applications requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs for any year to contact staff to obtain agreement that the IC will accept the application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult NIGMS staff to discuss eligibility prior to submission. For RISE grants, potential applicants should contact Dr. Kenneth Gibbs or Dr. Edgardo Falcón-Morales.