Amount of Support
Bridge funding is not intended to replace the salary support of any tenured, tenure-track, regular, or affiliated faculty member, cover graduate student stipends, nor provide travel funds. Monies for tenured and tenure-track faculty salaries and graduate student stipends must be obtained from another collegiate source. For example, bridge funding may not be used to replace that portion of the principal investigator's salary support derived from the principal investigator's extramural grant. Calculation of bridge support is based on and may not exceed the total direct cost (TDC) for the prior year exclusive of tenured, tenure-track, or affiliated faculty salaries; graduate student stipends; travel; and large equipment purchases. The usual limit for bridge funding is $50,000. However, in exceptional cases, a higher amount may be considered upon proper justification and the availability of funds.
Allowable costs include the following:
- salary, fringe benefits and longevity pay, if applicable, for individuals whose salaries are supported by the interrupted grant, i.e., non-tenure track faculty members (including post-doctoral fellows: limited term or part-time faculty members) and exempt and non-exempt staff
- costs of publication
- equipment costs, such as service contracts and maintenance (but not large equipment purchases)
- research supplies. Within the limits of bridge funding guidelines, the principal investigator is free to allocate his or her Bridge Support Award funds. Willful misrepresentation of the budget for requested bridge funding will result in loss of eligibility for bridge funding.
Sr. Business Manager
Office of Research
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
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Memphis, TN 38163