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Office of the Vice President for Research

Opportunities for Faculty

RISE: Research Initiative for Summer Engagement

The RISE Program provides financial support for faculty at USC's system campuses to take their research and scholarly activities to new heights.

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 2020 RISE grant cycle (2019-20 academic year).



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


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