Call for Applications: 2020 Research Initiatives in Science and Engineering (RISE) Competition

October 21, 2019
9:00 AM


All Columbia-employed, full-time, and faculty-level researchers are eligible to apply for this internal seed funding opportunity, albeit with five important restrictions and recommendations:

  • PIs and Co-PIs currently funded by the RISE program may not be included on 2020 applications;
  • Applications must be fully collaborative, and must include at least two Lead PIs.
  • Applications from only one PI, or who name a Lead PI who is not a full-time Columbia faculty member, will not be accepted;
  • At least one of the two Lead PIs must be from a scientific, engineering, and/or medical discipline;
  • Applications are strongly encouraged from Lead PIs that span two or more schools;
  • Applications are encouraged from Lead PIs that have never previously collaborated.

Proposals currently suitable for submission to such conventional mechanisms should not be submitted to RISE. 


The RISE competition provides up to $80,000 for one year – with potential for a second year of funding. 


The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research annually sponsors the Research Initiatives in Science & Engineering (RISE) funding competition, which awards seed monies to initiate very early-stage, potentially high-impact, interdisciplinary, and high-risk research collaborations that may trigger novel scientific paradigms. 

RISE supports projects that are perceived as too risky and unfamiliar to receive traditional sponsorship, and affords researchers the opportunity to establish an initial proof of concept before submitting the proposal to government agencies, private foundations, and/or for-profit companies. 

Since its inception in 2004, the RISE competition has provided approximately $12 Million in seed funding to 79 project teams. RISE-funded projects have subsequently won over $55 Million in extramural grants.


View the full application process via the posting webpage. Please email [email protected] or call 212-854-7836 with any questions.