SuRE R16 grants through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) support research capacity building at eligible institutions to increase funding success and enrich the campus research environment. Educating an underserved student population while obtaining limited NIH research funding qualifies an institution to apply for two investigator-initiated funding opportunities — SuRE (due May 26) and SuRE-First (due Sept 28).

The NIH SuRE program provides research support to faculty investigators and helps qualifying institutions build research capacity to advance scientific discoveries and enrich the academic experience. These experiences motivate students from diverse backgrounds to pursue biomedical careers, adding their perspectives to our national scientific workforce.

What About the NIH SCORE Program?
You may be familiar with the Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) program, which had a similar institutional mission. The SuRE program has replaced SCORE and was designed to address recommendations of the NIGMS Council.

R16 Awards

SuRE May 26 Due Date

For tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty with prior research experience not currently funded by an NIH RPG grant, with the exception of SCORE or SuRE grants. Those eligible for SuRE-First who do not want to commit six calendar months of effort may also apply.

SuRE-First Sept 28 Due Date

For tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty without experience leading externally-funded, independent research. 

The SuRE Resource Center GETTING STARTED

Working closely with the NIH, the SuRE Resource Center provides grant writing training and personal consultation to help faculty and staff at SuRE-eligible institutions overcome barriers to secure research funding. In addition to guiding participants step-by-step through the complex funding process, our free program provides competitive seed grants to institutions to improve on-site research development efforts.

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The SuRE program is designed for institutions that meet specific institutional and funding criteria. These include awarding bachelor or graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, enrolling significant numbers of students from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical research, and receiving limited NIH Research Project Grant funding.


Regional Coordinator Assistance ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?

Have questions about your institution’s SuRE eligibility? If so, we’re here to help. Please feel free to submit a request for one of our Regional Coordinators to contact you. They will be happy to provide guidance and answer your questions about SuRE.