Bridge Funding Program

Effective Date: October 1, 2010

Last Reviewed: July 1, 2015

Review By: January 1, 2016


The purpose of the Meharry Medical College Research Bridge Funding Program is to establish an orderly and structured process to allocate research bridge funding. These funds are meant to sustain a productive research program, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and competitive grant submissions, when a lapse in grant funding threatens the staffing and continued research progress. The primary objectives are to retain highly experienced research staff at Meharry Medical College as well as to provide temporary supplies to maintain the research in a temporary manner.

Policy Statement

Research bridge funding will be allocated on a competitive basis to full-time faculty investigators who face a lapse in independent extramural research funding. Funds will be awarded up to $50,000 only if there is documented evidence in the form of a recent (12 months or less) extramural funding agency's peer review suggesting that extramural funding is likely to be granted in the near future (6 months-1 year).

Only one bridge funding grant will be given per PI per year. Under exceptional circumstances, a PI may be granted a second year of bridge funding per application. Bridge funds may be used only in compliance with the submitted budget. If extramural funding is obtained, the residual funds must be returned to the appropriate designated fund. 

Priority will be given to investigators with long-term or very experienced staff members where graduate students also are present. Faculty members seeking bridge funding must provide a written request/justification accompanied by a written endorsement from their primary department chairperson (or the school dean if the department chair is the applicant).

Supplementation from departmental resources is encouraged as is active pursuit of other intramural and extramural funding sources.

The bridge funding pool will be developed from various institutional resources. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis by the Office for Research following reviews of requests and recommendations made by the Bridge Funding Review Committee with approval by the appropriate deans.

Awards will be for one year with the maximal award amount being set each year. Allowable costs include may include support personnel, excluding all faculty on the grant (not to exceed the equivalent of one FTE staff) and research supplies.

To establish a MMC grants control number, intramural research grant applications must be first routed to the Grants Management Office after receiving the chairperson's or dean’s signature (as appropriate). This control number is the unique identifier for this application for all pre-award and regulatory transactions. This policy applies as well to all extramural research applications regardless of sponsor (federal, state, city, private) and to all intramural (MMC pilot, VUMC pilot, and Bridge) applications.

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