New Round of SOM Bridge Funding

Submissions for the current round of SOM bridge funding are currently being accepted. The deadline for submission is April 17, 2017.

The UNC School of Medicine is accepting applications for the final cycle of bridge funding for this fiscal year. Bridge funding provides continued support for successful research projects that suffer a lapse in funding. Investigators eligible for funding in this round should have had a competing renewal application for an R01 or equivalent grant reviewed in the most recent review cycle (Feb/March 2017).

Bridge funding is a critical resource for SOM faculty, and a high proportion of bridge funding recipients have been successful in renewing their NIH support. Thus, a competitive bridge funding application must demonstrate a high likelihood of receiving NIH funding upon resubmission. 

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Support is requested for the renewal of a funded R01 (or equivalent). 
  2. The application has been reviewed and received a written critique. If the grant’s NIH number identifies the grant as a ‘new’ grant, it could still be eligible for bridge funding if:

    a. The reviewed application is directly linked to an ongoing project that the PI has elected not to submit through the        competitive renewal mechanism
    b. Support is requested to bridge from an A1 to a ”new” proposal per the new NIH guidelines.  In this case, the latest submission needs to be scored in order to be eligible for bridge funding

          Bridge funding is not meant to serve as “pilot” funds for new projects. In both cases, the cover letter should explicitly indicate the           relationship between the “new” grant and the previously funded R01 (or equivalent).    

      3. The PI has no more than two active R01s or equivalent level of funding
      4. The PI does not have additional sources of lab support, e.g. trust fund, retention package, royalties
      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, please submit the following documents, each as a separate PDF file:

1. Cover Letter

2. Letter of Support from Department Chair
Include a letter from your chair or center director that pledges a dollar-for-dollar matching commitment.  Generally this support is provided in the form of salary support for the applicant

3. Specific Aims and Research Strategy
From the original submission

4. Summary Statement/Critiques
If this is the second revised application please provide the A0 as well as the A1 score and critiques

5. Response to Critiques
Include a formal  response for the application for which the funding is requested.  Even though “new” NIH grants following an unsuccessful A1 submission do not require a rebuttal letter, you must provide a response to the reviews of the previous application

6. NIH Biosketch
Include current support (with direct dollars supporting the lab) and pending grants

7. Budget for Bridge Funding
The maximum amount of the award from the Dean’s Office is $50,000 (with equal match to be provided by department).  The budget should not exceed this amount.  Please include and clearly indicate what the department match and the Dean’s office funding will support.

Submit applications by Monday, April 17, 2017  to:  Jennifer Brennan, G060 Bondurant (  Please call Jennifer with any questions, 919-966-8089.

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