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ARISE I: Check List for Action

Recommendations to:

Federal Agencies

  • Create Targeted Grant Programs for Early-Career Faculty
  • Create Seed Funding Programs for Early-Career Faculty
  • Pay Special Attention to Early-Career Faculty in Regular Grant Programs
  • Develop Supportive Polices for Primary Caregivers
  • Explore Targeted Grant Mechanisms and Policies to Foster Potentially Transformative Research
  • Adopt Funding Mechanisms and Policies That Nurture Transformative Research in All Award Programs
  • Strengthen Grant Review Processes
  • Invest in Program Officers
  • Establish New Programs Only if They Have Critical Mass
  • Track Demographics on a Government-Wide Basis


  • Actively Mentor Early-Career Scientists
  • Create Seed Funding Programs for Early-Career Faculty
  • Reconsider Promotion and Tenure Policies
  • Address the Needs of Primary Caregivers and Childbearing Needs
  • Accept Institutional Responsibility for a Greater Portion of Faculty Salaries
  • In Building New Facilities, Shoulder a Larger Share of the Financial Cost
  • Spread the Wealth: Ensure a Greater Number of New Investigators by Capping the Number of Start-up and First Awards to a Single Individual


The ARISE report addresses two issues central to the vitality of America's research enterprise: 1) the support of early-career investigators; and 2) the encouragement of high-risk, high-reward research. The goal of the project and its resulting report was to foster a new generation of scientists and stimulate innovation to generate competitive advantage in a global economy.

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