Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act - H.R.869 / S.289

Overview
Purpose
"To authorize appropriations to offset costs resulting from reductions in research productivity in connection with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and for other purposes."
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 Congress appropriate about $25 billion across federal science agencies to address project disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Of the total, $10 billion would go to the National Institutes of Health, $5 billion to the Department of Energy, $3 billion each to the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense, $2 billion to NASA, $450 million to the Department of Commerce, $300 million each to the U.S. Geological Survey and Department of Transportation, and $200 million each to the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Education
  • Permits the funds to be used to extend research awards, replace equipment, create new research opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and support research on pandemic preparedness, among other purposes
Actions
Actions on the House bill
Bill introduced
02/05/2021
Actions on the Senate bill
Bill introduced
02/08/2021
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.