KBRIN Bridge Funding Awards


The purpose of the KBRIN Bridge Funding Award program is to enable NIH-funded faculty to maintain their research program for short periods of time between the lapse of initial grant funding and the start of a new or renewal NIH grant award


  • KBRIN faculty who have an active NIH R15 grant with an expiration date within the current or next KBRIN fiscal year (May1st – April, 30th) who will be requesting a one-year no-cost extension.


  • Institutions must continue to provide sufficient research space and release time from teaching (at least 50%) to support the candidate’s NIH research.
  • The applicant must show evidence of research progress and meeting the expected KBRIN metrics (e.g., publications, grant proposals, etc).
  • Applicant must have a pending R15 proposal or plans to re-submit by the June 25th R15 application deadline.
  • All publications must acknowledge support from NIGMS grant # P20GM103436.
  • Awardees must submit an annual progress report (PHS 2590) to the KBRIN office no later than December 20th 2019 15th.


  • The award may be used to cover continuing personnel costs (post-doc, technicians, students) and/or typical research expenses including supplies, equipment, use of core facilities, etc.
  • Bridge Awards are non-renewable and are limited to a maximum of $50,000 for a one-year period. If a new NIH award is forthcoming prior to the end of the one-year period, then the award will terminate on that date.
  • A facilities and administrative (F&A) cost will be allowable in addition to direct costs.
  • All funds must be expended within the KBRIN fiscal year between May 1st and the following April 30th.


Requests for Bridge Funding support should be sent via e-mail as a single PDF file to Dr. Nigel Cooper. )
The requests should include:

  • the applicant’s current biosketch;
  • a one-page narrative summarizing research progress, R15 grant proposal status, and explaining the need for funding;
  • an NIH budget page with justification; and
  • a support letter from the appropriate Chair, Dean, or other authorized university official that must include the institutional commitment to the mandatory cost-share requirements (e.g., release time).

December 20th 2019