Bridge Grant Application Instructions

A. Cover page

1. Title of Project: Self-explanatory

2. Principal Investigator: List the name of the one person responsible for the scientific and ethical conduct of the project.

3. Collaborator(s): List any collaborators for the funding.

4. Dates of Bridge Funding: List beginning and ending dates for the funding.

5. Performance Site(s): List site(s) (building and rooms) where the work will be performed.

6. Budget: List the total amount requested.

7. Compliance and Training. Indicate if the project will involve human subjects, vertebrate animals, ionizing radiation, etc. as indicated in the table.

8. Grant Program: Bridge

9. Career Status: See Instructions.

10. Proposal Type: Indicate whether this is a New Proposal, 1st Resubmission or final submission.

11. Previous RC Support: Give the dates of the last Grant support period (if any) which was funded for the Principal Investigator by the Research Committee (RC). List the date of submission of the Final Report for this prior support.

12. Research Area: Indicate the area of research by checking the appropriate choice.

Signatures: Self-explanatory.

B. Biographical sketch

Use the current NIH Biosketch. Include bioksetches for all key personnel.

C. Previous Research Funding and Pending Applications

For the period of the last five years, list grant activities, both for intramural and extramural funding. List project titles, agencies, roles (e.g. P.I., Co I.), total direct costs and disposition (e.g. active, approved not funded, pending, etc.).

For research projects that are currently funded, submit evidence that there is no overlap between the funded project and the proposed research. Normally this requirement is best satisfied by submission of the Abstract and Specific Aims of the funded grant, and a brief statement by the P.I. highlighting the differences between the proposals.

D. For Pending Grant Applications

The following materials are required for the School of Medicine Research Committee Bridge Grant Application. As electronic attachments or in appendices accompanying the Cover Page, provide a copy of:

  1. The recently unfunded federal/national grant proposal(s) this intramural grant is intended to bridge,
  2. Summary statements and scores of the last review(s) of these proposals.
  3. 3. A narrative explanation of how critiques will be addressed in the current SOM Bridge Grant proposal (2 pages maximum). Please note that for the Bridge Grant application, your two page narrative on how you will respond to reviewers’ critiques from a recently-submitted (but unfunded) grant, and how you will use the SOM Research Committee bridge grant funds to keep your research program moving forward during the period of lapsed funding is a critical component of the bridge grant application.
  4. Cover page and abstracts of all currently submitted grant applications.

E. Collaborative arrangements:

If the project requires the services of others, describe the role of these collaborators (or fee for service laboratories). Provide written assurance of the willingness and ability of these people to participate. In the case of fee for-service work, also include a statement of charges for the services to be performed. Normally this will take the form of a letter from the individual collaborator or service.

F. Budget:

1. Budget itemization: Using the following categories, provide a budget, and itemize any category totaling over $500.

a. Personnel

b. Supplies

c. Animal care and use: Where appropriate, itemize expenses for animal purchase shipping and care. Include costs per animal, as well as numbers of animals and days of maintenance.

d. Laboratory and other services: If fee for-service work is required (e.g. flow cytometry, patient interviews, chart reviews and statistical analysis, protein sequencing, blood chemistry, pathology, radiology, etc.) so indicate. If at all possible, such services should come from within the University community.

e. Other expenses: Itemize by category.

2. Budget justification:

For any small equipment purchase, fee for service work and for each category of expense, provide a brief description of the intended use with sufficient detail to enable the reviewer to understand the relevance and necessity of the expense.

3. Budget exclusions:

The Research Committee has no a priori restrictions on funding. However, all budget items must be fully justified, and the committee will critically evaluate each item with regard to necessity, potential duplication and alternative means of support. In general, funding for consultants’ fees, clerical support, patient care and hospital costs will be difficult to justify. Faculty salaries, travel & equipment are not funded.

G. Available alternative funds

1. Provide information on all accounts for which the P.I. has signature authority where the funds could be used to bridge this temporary gap in grant support. Examples include RIF accounts, C- and S- accounts, or others.

2. Accompanying this application, a letter from the department chair must be included which indicates the amount of departmental support provided to bridge this gap in funding, such as funds provided from DRIF accounts, PSC, or others. If no such support is being provided, the chair must explain the circumstances.

H. Checklist

Fill out the checklist to insure that the application is complete.