Support for Research Excellence (SuRE) Program (R16)

The SuRE program supports research capacity building at eligible higher education institutions through funding investigator-initiated research in the biomed​ical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences that falls in the mission areas of the NIH. These institutions must award undergraduate (B.S. or B.A.) and/or graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, have received no more than $6 million dollars per year (total costs) through NIH Research Project Grants (RPGs) in each of the preceding two fiscal years at the time of application submission, and have either enrolled at least 25% of undergraduate students supported by Pell grants in each of the most recent two years or are accredited medical/health professional schools that were founded to educate students from populations underrepresented in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Enterprise (NOT-OD-20-031).

The SuRE program includes three components:

SuRE Research Awards (R16): PAR-21-169 provide research grant support for all faculty investigators from eligible institutions who are not currently Principal Investigators of any NIH Research Project Grants.

SuRE-First Research Awards (R16): PAR-21-173 provide research grant support for faculty investigators from eligible institutions who have not had prior independent external research grants.

SuRE Resource Center (U24): PAR-21-227 assists SuRE-eligible institutions to build research infrastructure such as Offices of Sponsored Program (OSP), conducts outreach and training to OSP staff and faculty investigators, and tracks grantee institutions’ progress in research capacity building. Please log onto the SuRE Resource Center to register for free training and other services the Center provides.

The SuRE Program has replaced the SCORE Program and was designed to address recommendations of the NAGMS Council.