The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) goal is to diversify the overall number of faculty, students, and investigators who are members of groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. A component of NIGMS is the Research Initiative for Science Enhancement.

The mission of the RISE program is to increase diversity in biomedical research careers by preparing students for successful transition into biomedical-related graduate programs, ultimately leading to PhDs. Morgan State University's program is targeted towards undergraduate students.