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Bridge Funding for Grant Lapses

School of Medicine Research Development


The bridge funding program at the CU School of Medicine was first funded in 2006 when reductions in the National Institutes of Health budget threatened faculty survival. Its purpose is to provide one-time support to principal investigators while they re-apply for funding. The Bridge Funding Committee  is advisory to the Dean.

The Office of Research Development calls for applications each spring and fall. There are two separate categories of eligible applicants: Established Investigators who have lost major research funding and Beginning Investigators whose start-up funding has run out without their obtaining independent research support.

Bridge Application-Beginning Form >>

Bridge Application-Established Form >>


Progress Report of Bridge Funding (BF) Program from Inception (March 2006) through November 2013 (Recipients had at least a year to regain funding when reports were solicited.)

  • Most faculty members received awards around $50,000
  • Most received research funding within a year.
  • Some received total funding greater than $100,000.
  • Of those individuals who earned more than $100,000 total funding, 22 received at least one ROI (20 individuals) or R21 (2 individuals). These faculty members received major grants (NIH, DOD, foundation). 
  • Four of the PIs were co-PIs on grants that received a total of $654,000, of which $496,000 was direct costs and $144,000 was indirect cost.
  • The goal of the program is to allow productive faculty researchers to continue their research.