Bridge Funding

Emergency funding at OHSU

Currently, OHSU investigators have two sources of emergency or bridge funding. We are in the process of revamping our emergency funding program and will be simplifying the application process to include both sources. As such, the May 2016 application cycle for Presidential Bridge Funding is being pushed into early summer. Further details will be made available soon. If you are experiencing an urgent funding emergency, please get in touch with us at
  • OHSU Presidential Bridge Funding is specifically to support established investigators threatened by an imminent lapse in research support. Only OHSU independent principal investigators are eligible to apply. Applications are typically due each year in May. A winter review cycle has been added through FY16 with applications due by the end of December.
  • Medical Research Foundation (MRF) emergency support is for similar purposes. It is open to OHSU investigators and investigators at other Oregon institutions. Applications are due four times per year: February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15.
Applicants for either opportunity should plan on providing a strong, well-justified, and documented case for the financial emergency for which they are requesting funds--as well as an application that is scientifically strong. The Principal Investigator must be an independent scientist to be eligible for these awards. 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 federal (or similar) funding.
NOTE: Postdoctoral fellows and similar trainees are not eligible to apply as principal investigators for this award. New investigators, as defined by the National Institutes of Health, are likewise ineligible.Specific information can be found in the guidelines for each opportunity, below.

OHSU Presidential Bridge Funding

NOTE: Applications must now be submitted online through OHSU's Competitive Application Portal (CAP).

For the 2016-2017 funding cycle, the dollar amount for bridge funding is $50,000. It is anticipated that up to 6 awards will be made. Grants are made for the duration of one year from the date the funds are awarded and must be spent during that year. Funds cannot be carried forward.

As stated above, applications for emergency funding will be available in early summer.

For questions, please contact .

MRF Emergency Funding

Emergency Interim Support for Established Investigators grants may be made to support ongoing research when an investigator is between grants and a hiatus would jeopardize the program. The fiscal emergency is to be described in the cover letter. Financial need as well as merit will be considered for this category of funding. The maximum award is $40,000.

No clearance request forms need to be submitted.

Guidelines and details