All Columbia faculty-level researchers within the scientific, engineering, and biomedical disciplines are eligible to apply. Columbia faculty-level researchers in other disciplinary fields are eligible to submit proposals for projects collaborating with researchers from science, engineering, and/or biomedicine.
The RISE competition provides up to $80,000 for one year – with potential for a second year of funding – to enable researchers to produce the preliminary data necessary to obtain follow-on funding from conventional sources.
Columbia University Research Initiatives in Science and Engineering (RISE) awards seed monies to support innovative, interdisciplinary, high-risk, and potentially high-impact research collaborations that are not ready to receive funding through conventional sources. To date, RISE projects have received back 600% more extramural funding than was initially provided to them by institutional funds, and have resulted in 130+ peer-reviewed publications and training opportunities for 130+ postdocs and students.