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

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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
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