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ACCM Bridge Support

Limited funds are available to support departmental faculty who experience a temporary gap in NIH funding.  ACCM Bridge Support Awards are designed to help faculty regain NIH funding by facilitating submission and/or revision of an NIH grant application.  The requested budget should be focused on that goal rather than maintaining the laboratory’s previous research activities.  To be eligible, individuals must have failed to obtain NIH funding after having their application internally reviewed through ‘ACCM Study Sections’ and following the review recommendations.  If the recommendations were not followed, then the applicant must provide justification for not doing so.   Funding is limited to 2 consecutive NIH cycles, currently equivalent to a total period of 1 year.  Bridge Support cannot be renewed.  Questions regarding the Bridge Support Awards can be directed to the Research & Grants Office (


GUIDELINES (use standard NIH page format)

  1. Please provide details of previous NIH grant applications during the previous 12 months. Provide copies of the applications and reviewers' comments. Also, please provide summary sheets from any internal ACCM scientific review. If relevant, provide additional details on why funding was not maintained (1 page maximum). 
  2. Provide a detailed proposed budget. In general, salary support should not be requested for clinician-investigators.  However, it can be requested for investigators who cannot generate salary support through clinical activities (e.g. PhDs).  Please provide name(s) and biosketch(es) for key individual(s). Funds can only be used to support personnel and supplies. No equipment purchases are allowed.    
  3. Describe how the funds will be used to craft a successful NIH grant application. 
    • If the funds will be used to support a revised submission (or a new submission closely related to a previous failed application), provide a point-by-point response to reviewers’ comments for the previous application (3 pages maximum).   
    • If the NIH submission will be unrelated to previous applications, provide a draft of the application and justification for the new approach (2 pages maximum for the justification).  
    • Provide a description of Protocols and Methods for experiments that will performed during the course of the award.  Also provide relevant new Preliminary Results that have not been published or provided in the NIH application (5 pages maximum). 
  4. Provide a timeline for the proposed experiments and the NIH grant application.
  5. Appendix – can include relevant published or submitted manuscripts (limit 3 manuscripts).
  6. Provide letter(s) of support from faculty that are listed as key participants. 


Applications can be submitted anytime to  Applications will be reviewed by the Research Committee, the Vice Chair for Research, and the Department Chair, with funding decisions made in an accelerated manner.  Funding is limited to 2 consecutive NIH cycles, currently equivalent to a total period of 1 year.  Awards will be paid in two installments, with the second installment dependent on the outcome of the NIH submission and the ability of the applicant to address reviewers’ concerns and generate a successful application.



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