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Bridge Funding

Purpose
Who Is Eligible
Requirements and Considerations
How to Apply
Awards
Contact

Purpose: 

To sustain research projects that have lost extramural funding, the Bridge program provides one-time support to eligible Principal Investigators (PI) to assist with re-establishing external funding.  Bridge support is intended only for those PIs who have experienced a significant reduction from extramural sources. A funding reduction or shortfall is insufficient by itself to establish eligibility.  A primary objective of the Bridge Funding program is to keep experienced research teams together while funding is re-established.

Applications are considered four times per year.  They must be received by 5:00pm on the first of November, February, April, and August.  If the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted on the next business day.

Who is Eligible: 

 A PI is eligible for Bridge Program funding, provided he/she:

  • Has lost, or will lose most of his/her extramural funding within six months of the Bridge application deadline;

  • Received continuous extramural funding from peer-reviewed sources during the five years preceding the request;

  • Has made substantial efforts to re-establish funding, and in the opinion of the Dean is likely to be funded again;

  • Is a member of the Academic Senate.

Exceptions to eligibility may be made by the Vice Chancellor for Research under unusual circumstances.

Requirements and Considerations:

Awards will be granted for a maximum of one year or until the grantee re-establishes funding from other sources, whichever comes first.

  • Awards are competitive, and all applications may not be funded.

  • Consideration will be given to need, the Dean's assessment, and the strength of the overall research program.
  • Because a primary objective is to keep experienced research teams together, priority will be given when project staffing will be lost without a temporary infusion of funds.

  • Awards will be made in consultation with academic Deans.

  • Individual grants will be for a maximum of $30,000 - $50,000 per year, or the average annual direct costs received by the PI from peer-reviewed extramural grants during the previous five years, whichever is less.

  • In calculating previous grant support, only funds from federal or other funding agencies with rigorous peer review will be considered.

  • Awards will be granted for a maximum of one year or until the grantee re-establishes funding from other sources, whichever comes first.
  • A cost-sharing commitment toward the requested Bridge Funding project budget by the School or the Department is required (not in-kind).

  • When extramural funding is re-established, all unspent funds must be returned to the Bridge Program to assist other investigators.

  • Any requests for exceptions to eligibility or other elements of this policy must be made in writing, and may be granted by the Vice Chancellor for Research.

How to Apply:

To evaluate applications for Bridge Funding, the Office of Research requests the following:

  • Description of PI's funding history for the last five years, current financial needs, and attempts to re-establish funding. The application does not need to describe in detail the research for which funding is requested because this program does not evaluate research quality per se.

  • Description of attempts to re-establish funding.

  • Agency comments on unfunded proposals, priority scores and pay lines, if available.

  • For research involving the use of human subjects, animal subjects, or human stem cells, please provide the relevant HS#s, IACUC#s, or HSCRO#s.
  • A detailed budget of proposed expenditures and evidence of a scaled back, minimal research budget to enable the lab's continuance.

    • Assistance can be requested for the following expense categories:

      • Supplies

      • Animal Care

      • Salaries/Benefits for research support personnel (excluding graduate student researchers).

    • Bridge Funds cannot be used for:

      • Travel

      • To cover budget overdrafts

      • PI and co-PI salaries (including Summer salaries)

      • Graduate Student Researchers

      • Administrative costs (i.e., school and departmental surcharges)

  • A two-page CV and complete publication list.

  • A memo from the applicant's Chair and Dean that includes an assessment of the likelihood of future funding, a financial plan for continuation of the research in the event extramural funding is not obtained, and evidence that the department/school is contributing to the continuance of research operations in an appropriate manner (e.g., graduate student support), including cost-sharing commitments.

Applications should be submitted via the PI's Dean as an email attachment addressed to the Vice Chancellor for Research and sent to or@research.uci.edu with copy to the Director, Research Policy, by the appropriate deadline.
Applications are considered four times per year.  They must be received by 5:00pm on the first of November, February, April, and August.  If the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted on the next business day.

Awards:

Applicants will be notified of decisions within 30 days of receipt of the complete bridge funding request.

Requests for no-cost time extensions must be made in writing by the PI via email, addressed to the Vice Chancellor for Research, and sent to or@research.uci.edu, with copy to the Director, Research Policy (see below).

For additional information, contact:

Mark Warner

Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration

Phone: (949) 824-2579
E-mail:
 mark.warner@uci.edu

Jill Yonago Kay
Director, Research Policy

Phone: (949) 824-1410
E-mail: 
jill.kay@research.uci.edu