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. Some grants cannot be renewed (e.g., AREA grants and R29 FIRST awards from NIH, American Heart Association grants-in-aid). However, a full-time faculty member, who is otherwise qualified (as described in this section) and holds a technically non-renewable grant is eligible, if an unsuccessful application to continue the funded project has been made to a national funding agency with a bona fide scientific peer-review and will be resubmitted for consideration. 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, while those with multiple projects may receive bridge funding only if sufficient funds are available.

Both the lapsed and unfunded grants must be for research projects; neither grant may be primarily for a demonstration project, a training program, or a postdoctoral fellowship. Bridge funding will not be used for lapsed R21 or R03 applications since these are generally pilot or bridge grants.

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). An application that is disqualified for failure to comply with submission requirements (i.e., those in effect at the time of reapplication) will not be considered a valid reapplication.

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.