Support for Research Excellence (SuRE) Program (R16)

The SuRE Program 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. 


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    SuRE 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 (see NOFO for details).  

    The SuRE (R16) is comprised of two programs: SuRE and SuRE-First. In addition to other institutional and PI eligibility, SuRE-FIRST will only support faculty who have not been the PI of an externally-funded, peer-reviewed SCORE or research grant from any source. SuRE will support faculty who do not have an active NIH Research Project Grant (RPG) as a PI.

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


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    Program Management 

    The SuRE Program is managed by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), which determines eligibility and reviews all applications. After review, if chosen for funding, applications will be transferred to NINDS for management. 


    Who to Contact

    For questions related to NINDS mission relevance and post-review, contact Lauren Ullrich, PhD, Program Director at

    For eligibility and review questions, contact: Irina Krasnova, PhD, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at