Eligibility

Any UTHSC faculty member who is a principal investigator on a grant funded for at least three consecutive years (on the same grant or project) by a national funding agency with a bona fide scientific peer-review (e.g., NIH, NSF, American Heart Association) and whose application for continued support from that or another national funding agency with a bona fide scientific peer-review (e.g., NIH competing renewal) has not been funded, shall be eligible for bridge funding. However, new NIH R01 or equivalent applications that are direct continuation of previously funded project are eligible for bridge funding. A faculty member with two or more grants is eligible for bridge funding when one is not funded, and will not be expected to continue using only the money in their other grant(s), provided all other criteria described in this section are met. However, those faculty members with only one project funded extramurally receive top priority.

Applying for additional funding is one of the major requirements for receiving bridge funding. Normally, the applicant should have submitted a competitive renewal application during the last year of the extramural funding cycle. Delays in submission of competitive renewal applications must be fully justified. If funding runs out without a rejection for continued funding, then the principal investigator is not eligible for bridge funding. Furthermore, the faculty member must agree to continue reapplying for extramural funding (in the same research area or a new research area).

Any UTHSC faculty member, who holds a VA appointment and applies for continued support for a project funded by a national funding agency with a bona fide scientific per review, will be eligible for bridge funding, provided that UT Health Science Center is the applicant Institution.

Bridge funding is intended to provide limited support for individual grants, not for large grants such as a program project or a SCOR grant; however the individual investigators in a program project or SCOR grant are eligible for support by bridge funds, provided all other criteria described in this section are met. All individual grants are also eligible only once for bridge funding.