Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act - H.R.7308 / S.4286

Overview
Purpose
"To authorize appropriations for offsetting the costs related to reductions in research productivity resulting from the coronavirus pandemic."
Primary Sponsors
Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) / Sens. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Summary of Selected Provisions
  • Recommends nearly $25 billion be allocated to federal science agencies, of which $10 billion is for the National Institutes of Health, $5 billion for the Department of Energy, $3 billion each for the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense, $2 billion for NASA, and $650 million for the Department of Commerce
  • Allows the funds to be used to enable graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and principal investigators to complete work that has been disrupted due to COVID-19
  • Also allows the funds to be used to replace certain lab equipment, reconfigure laboratories so as to safely resume research, and cover increased construction costs resulting from the disruption from COVID-19
  • Authorizes grants to be issued supporting research on the behavioral, social, or economic effects of COVID-19 and responses to the disease
  • Extends grant flexibilities first offered in two memoranda issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget in March 2020 until labs can safely reopen
Actions
Actions on the House bill
Bill introduced
06/24/2020
Actions on the Senate bill
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved bill by voice vote with amendment
09/16/2020
Bill introduced
07/22/2020
Other versions
Relevant FYI Bulletins

The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package that is advancing rapidly through Congress does not include the research recovery funds proposed in the bipartisan Research Investment to Spark the Economy Act.

University representatives detailed pandemic-driven financial losses and other challenges facing their institutions to the House Science Committee, which is working to build support for research recovery legislation.

House appropriators have advanced legislation that would provide billions of dollars in one-time “emergency” funding to DOE, citing a need to support economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The additional funds include $6.25 billion for research facilities and equipment projects within the DOE Office of Science.

Scientific societies and university associations have proposed emergency measures to address disruptions to the research enterprise from the coronavirus pandemic, hoping Congress will include them in its next broad relief package.