R16 - Support for Research Excellence (SuRE) Program


R16 - Support for Research Excellence (SuRE) Program

Support for investigator-initiated research projects at institutions that receive limited NIH research support and serve underrepresented students.

Program Announcement

Due Dates 
May 26, 2021, 2022, 2023

PD/PI Eligibility
Established investigators not currently funded by an NIH RPG

Institution Eligibility
Institutions that receive limited NIH research support and serve students who are underrepresented in biomedical research (see FOA for details)

Additional Information
The SuRE program supports research capacity building at institutions that enroll significant numbers of students from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical research (see NOT-OD-20-031), award baccalaureate and/or graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, and receive limited NIH Research Project Grant funding. It seeks to develop and sustain research excellence of faculty investigators and provide students with research opportunities while catalyzing institutional research and enriching the research environment. The SuRE program will support investigator-initiated research in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences (collectively termed "biomedical" sciences) that falls in the mission areas of NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices. 

SuRE Awards will support faculty investigators with prior experience in leading independent research who are not currently funded by an NIH Research Project Grant with the exception of SuRE or SuRE-First awards. SuRE-supported projects must have student participation in the execution, analysis, and reporting of the research. An applicant institution must demonstrate a commitment to build its research capacity and support the Principal Investigator for the award.

NINDS will support applications that address or seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system by supporting and conducting research on the healthy and diseased brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. NINDS also encourages activities focused on understanding and addressing disparities in neurologic health, healthcare, and health outcomes in disparate populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, the geographically disadvantaged, sex and gender minorities, and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent inequality and socioeconomic disadvantage. NINDS supports basic, translational, and clinical research.

A national resource center will provide infrastructure development to SuRE-eligible institutions and application services to faculty investigators.