Deadline May 17, 2010
Don’t forget, the deadline for the 2010-2011 cycle of Presidential Bridge Funding is quickly approaching. Funding is available for independent established investigators at OHSU threatened by an imminent lapse in research support. Established investigators can request up to $50,000 in funding for one year to help bridge them while they generate data to restore funding. In response to the current funding climate, applicants may request funding for either track:
- Track 1: Traditional Bridge Funding - Investigators who are near the payline and need funds to sustain them until their revised applications are successful should utilize this track. Evidence that the applicant has attempted grant renewal and has received near-fundable priority scores (and hence is more likely to succeed in a subsequent attempt) will be an advantage
- Track 2: Retooling Funding – OHSU recognizes that many mid-career investigators may find themselves with the need to retool their research in order to preserve their laboratories. Investigators who make a compelling case for the need for new data to reestablish funding will be considered for bridge funding. To be considered eligible for such funds, applicants should NOT have other sources of funding (e.g., applicants should not apply for bridge funding for retooling their research if they already have other R01s). This is not meant to serve as a new source of pilot funding but to preserve the work and investment of productive researchers who are in danger of having to close down their laboratories. For Track 2, it is essential to outline a clear plan for how new data will support new applications. A specific plan for new funding sources, including potential new RFAs, will be considered favorably. Investigators should describe their retooling plan and how it will make them more competitive.
Up to 10 awards will be made this funding cycle. Strong preference will be given to investigators with a history of recent national research funding. Eligibility is limited to OHSU investigators. Postdoctoral fellows or similar trainees are not eligible.
The Principal Investigator must be an independent scientist. Independence is defined by: Rank at the level of assistant professor or above; Committed institutional support such as space and salary; A track record of first-authored or senior-authored publications; A recent history of significant federal (or similar) funding (e.g. R01); and Imminently planned or pending application for funding on a national level.
The funding cycle is for one fiscal year, starting July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011. Funding decisions are expected to be finalized in mid-July.
Please access the guidelines and application forms for complete details. Applications are due Monday, May 17, 2010 and must be submitted electronically to the Vice President for Research. Questions? Email us or call 503.494.1085.