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Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) programs are federally funded programs that increase the number of underrepresented faculty, students, and investigators who are performing research in the biomedical sciences.

The University of Texas at San Antonio has both MBRS-SCORE (Support of Competitive Research) and MBRS-RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Funding. The SCORE program supports UTSA faculty projects and helps them to develop projects that will receive mainstream (primarily NIH R01) funding. The RISE programs support research by faculty members and minority serving institutions, strengthen the institutions' biomedical research capabilities, and provide opportunities for students to work as part of a research team.


CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) has been retired. For information on research areas that are supported by NIH, please go to


National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)-funded researchers seek to answer important scientific questions in fields such as cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, bioinformatics, computational biology, selected aspects of the behavioral sciences, and specific cross-cutting clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems. NIGMS also provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists to assure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people’s health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.


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