Evaluation Process

  1. Evaluation Committee:  A standing committee of funded, tenured, senior faculty will be appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research to evaluate requests.  The committee will be limited to 5-6, and members will be from all Colleges and the Faculty Senate Research Committee, who have history of funding. 
  2. Evaluation Process:
    1. Applications that meet eligibility requirements will be reviewed by the Evaluation Committee. The Committee will weigh all factors including: (1) current and past productivity; (2) granting agency critique of the unfunded grant; (3) the PI’s proposed response to the critique; (4) the budgetary request.
    2. The committee will score the application as top 25%, top 50% or top 75%. The highest priority will be awarded to those requests that look most promising to receive extramural funding.
    3. The committee will make a recommendation of no support, partial support, or full support.
    4. Since the evaluation of applications is based upon the factors noted above, extended comments relative to the application will not be provided; however, the Evaluation Committee may provide brief comments that can be forwarded to the PI.
  3. Reviewed applications will be presented to the Vice Chancellor for Research for final approval. However, in some cases where the application may represent a conflict of interest or present some problem in its evaluation, the Vice Chancellor for Research will ask the Evaluation Committee for further review or approval.

End of the Year Report

A one-page progress report on the status of the bridge fund support must be submitted by the PI to the VC for Research at the end of each twelve-month period.