The Research Initiative for Summer Engagement, or RISE, program was initiated in 2012
to support summer research for faculty members at USC's system 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 each fall, 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 2019 RISE grant cycle (2018-19 academic
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.
RISE Award Documents