Release Date: April 22, 2013
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
The purpose of the Notice is to clarify how institutional eligibility may be demonstrated for PAR 13-196 "Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25)".
Eligible institutions must award science degrees to undergraduate (B.S. or B.A.) and/or graduate students (M.S. and/or Ph.D.).
The RISE FOA also indicates that eligible institutions are those with a historical mission of educating students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral 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).
This notice clarifies that a historical mission may be demonstrated by providing a mission statement or by showing the institution's commitment to the recruitment, retention, training, and graduation of students from underrepresented backgrounds in the biomedically-related sciences.
Most institutions of higher learning have mission statements that usually identify the focus of the institution, and the student populations that it seeks to educate and serve. If an institution’s initial or historical mission statement explicitly states that it was founded to educate students from any of the populations that have been identified as underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research as defined by NSF, the institution would meet the first prong of the RISE FOA’s eligibility requirement.
Institutions may also demonstrate eligibility by documenting the institution's record of recruiting, retaining, training, and graduating students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research as defined by 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). Such efforts must have the demonstrable outcome of increasing the institution's contribution to the national pool of graduates from underrepresented backgrounds who pursue biomedical or behavioral research careers.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Robin S. Broughton, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
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