The Research Initiative for Summer Engagement, or RISE, program was initiated in 2012
to support summer research for faculty members at USC's senior and regional campuses.
This program employs a competitive application process to provide money for summer
salary, research supplies, travel related to research and undergraduate student support
to bolster scholarship throughout the USC system. Along with helping faculty develop
research programs, RISE also aims to equip regional and senior campuses to better
serve their local communities as well as to support the larger university mission.
I saw a need to create a system by which our regional and senior faculty have the
time release to develop their research programs in the summer months.
— Prakash Nagarkatti
RISE Requests for Proposals
The RISE Request for Proposals is announced in September each year, for funding the
following summer. Faculty complete and submit their RISE applications via USCeRA, the University of South Carolina electronic research administration software system.
Detailed information about RISE eligibility, funds available, required components
of the RISE application, allowable and unallowable costs, post-award requirements
and the RISE application review process are included in the requests for proposals
(RFPs) available below. If you have additional questions about the RISE program, please
contact Associate Director of Research and Grant Development, Beth Herron.
The below requests for proposals are from the 2014 RISE cycle (academic year 2013-14),
and are provided here for detailed planning and reference purposes. Updated requests
will be posted for the 2015 cycle in September 2014.
RISE Application Forms
Faculty apply for RISE funding through USCeRA, but some forms must be completed outside
of the system, and then attached. Below, you will find these forms.