New Round of SOM Bridge Funding

The Dean’s Office is pleased to announce a new round of the bridge funding program to help maintain the continuity of research programs when funding is interrupted by failure of a competing renewal grant proposal.

This program will provide funding (which must be matched by the Department or Center) to an investigator to help maintain a successful research program, while the grant is being resubmitted.  To apply for this program, the PI must submit the original grant application, the critique, a draft of the rebuttal that will be submitted with the revised application, budget and matching funds commitment letter.  Both tenure-track and fixed-term faculty are eligible for support from this program.

This is the second round of applications for this fiscal year.  There will be one more round in April/May this fiscal year.  The deadline for this round of application submissions is Monday, January 28, 2013.  Investigators eligible for funding in this round should have had a competing renewal application for an R01 or equivalent grant reviewed after July 1, 2012.  Eligibility criteria:

  1. The application has been reviewed and received a written critique.
  2. The PI has no more than 2 active R01s or the equivalent level of funding.
  3. The PI does not have additional sources of lab support, e.g. trust fund.
  4. If the grant’s NIH number identifies the grant as a "new" grant, it could still be eligible for bridge funding.  As part of the application, include a letter explaining the "new" grant’s relationship to a previously funded R01.  Example: the competitive renewal of a previous R01 was not funded (including those at the A1 stage), then the specific aims were significantly changed to strengthen the application and resulted in the submission qualifying as a "new" submission.
  5. The department agrees to match the funding from the Dean’s Office.

Bridge funding will not be provided for faculty submitting a first-time R01 based on research from a K grant.

To apply for this program, you MUST submit your current 3-4 page NIH biosketch, the research section of the original grant application, the NIH critique, a draft of the rebuttal that will be submitted with the revised application and a proposed budget for the bridge funds.  The maximum amount of the award from the Dean’s Office is $50,000.  In addition, you must include a letter of support from your chair or center director that pledges a dollar-for-dollar matching commitment.  Applications missing any of these items will not be reviewed.  The deadline for submission of applications is 5 P.M. Monday, January 28, 2013 and awards will be announced by the end of February 2013.  Electronic versions of the application material are required.  Submit applications to:  Dede Corvinus, G060 Bondurant (dede_corvinus@med.unc.edu).  Please call Dede with any questions, 919-966-8089.