TTUHSC School of Pharmacy

Research Bridge Funding Program

Research Bridge Funding Program 

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The School of Pharmacy recognizes the importance of providing ongoing support to extramurally funded established faculty researchers, even during periods when their extramural funding has been depleted. Unexpected delays that occur during the process of reapplying for continued funding could potentially compromise ongoing faculty research programs. Principal Investigators (PIs) understand that extramural funding is essential to sustaining vital research programs; however, the School of Pharmacy deems it important to provide bridge finding, in certain circumstances, to those PIs who are eligible.

Eligibility Criteria:

The following eligibility criteria shall be met by all PIs applying for bridge funding:

  •  At the time of application, the PI must be a full-time faculty member of the School of Pharmacy, with continuing appointment.
  • Only PIs who have had extramural funding in the past and contributed to the indirect cost return to the School of Pharmacy may apply.
  • The PI must have filed a grant renewal or applied for alternative funding for his/her ongoing extramurally-sponsored research project; however he/she will not yet have been assured of continued funding.
  • PIs should not have received bridge funding in the preceding two years.
  • The upper limit of bridge funding for an individual award will be $50,000, based on the merits of the PI’s previous accomplishments and proposal for these funds, unless there are exceptional circumstances, in which case the maximum budget can reach up to $120,000 in direct costs. Each budget item should be justified as necessary to maintain essential laboratory functions pending funding agency decisions.

Proposal Submission Guidelines


Application Procedure:

The PI should submit to the Office of the Associate Dean for Sciences an electronic (e.g., PDF) copy of the completed bridge fund application, including the detailed budget form and each of the materials below:

  • Front pages of the grant application, including the specific aims page.
  • A narrative explaining what portion of the larger research project will be carried out with an interim bridge award (does not need to describe research in detail, because the program does not evaluate the quality of research; limit to 1 page).
  • Other pages detailing the budget, other support, resources, abstract, local and external collaborative agreements.
  • Copy of the extramural grant evaluation (the granting agency's review) and PI's response to grant critique. The material should include the grant score and percentile, if available and documentation from the funding agency to indicate how close the grant was to funding (e.g., payline).
  • Biographical sketch of the Principal Investigator.
  • A description by the PI of how the research program has been affected as a consequence of losing extramural funding.
  • Termination date of the current grant.
  • An outline of the PI's plans for resubmission, which should include anticipated schedule for reapplication and responses to major criticisms of grant (maximum 3 pages).
  • Evidence showing that the PI has made substantial efforts to reestablish extramural funding (i.e. the PI has applied for funds, and the request has been denied).
  • A signed statement from the PI that the bridge funds will be relinquished as soon as additional funding is secured.

Application Review Criteria:

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the bridge funding application:

  • The strength of the proposal, based on granting agency's review criteria and the recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee. To qualify for funding, the PI should have a grant application which scored in the better 50 percent of applications, as documented from the funding agency. How long the PI has received funding for his/her previous grant (priority will be given for 4 or more years of funding).
  • How many extramural grants the PI has received in the past (funding history).
  • The number of peer-reviewed publications relevant to the current proposal under consideration.
  • The PI's demonstration of his/her significant efforts to reestablish funding, and the likelihood that funding will be granted again at the resubmission.
  • Whether the PI has already reapplied for extramural funding to support the project and has already addressed the concerns raised by the agency that denied funding.
  • Whether experienced project personnel will be lost without this bridge funding.


Funding will be granted for a maximum of 12 months or until the PI reestablishes extramural grant support, whichever comes first. In exceptional cases, a no cost extension may be considered on an individual basis with proper justification.

  • PIs must have expended most of the research funds at their disposal before the activation of bridge funding. Total available residual funds should be less than $30,000
  • The Department Chair must document that the PI has no other available funds from any sources.
  • Money granted under the bridge program will be set up within the Office of Sciences bridge fund account and administered through the SOP Office of Sciences.
  • Any questions and budget modifications should be addressed to the School of Pharmacy Office of Sciences.
  • If extramural finding is received during the period of bridge funding directly related to the bridge funding, all further expenditures are suspended and the bridge funds must be relinquished immediately.


updated 12/1/2017