BMRC Bridging Support Program for Biomedical Research

Program Updated July 1, 2012
Application Process Revised January 17, 2014

Deadlines:  The 15th of February, April, June, August, October, and December.   If the 15th is on a weekend, the deadline is on Monday.

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The Bridging Support program provides funding to continue federally funded biomedical research programs that demonstrate a likelihood of successfully competing for federal funding. Bridging applications must demonstrate continuity with current research efforts in the PI’s laboratory and must contain efforts to address current NIH grant critiques or other sponsor’s (e.g., NSF, VA Merit) written comments in preparation for allowable grants noted below. Priority will focus on financial need to maintain a defined research project and retain key research personnel.  Amounts of other support, internal resources, and start-up funds will be considered.


All full-time, on-campus instructional, clinical, and research track faculty with primary appointments in the Medical School are eligible to apply. Applications from the following are not accepted: postdoctoral fellows, projects to be performed while the PI is away on sabbatical, visiting or adjunct professors, emeritus faculty, faculty members without evidence of investigative independence, and faculty members whose future work will not continue at the University. Grants to be bridged must reside in the Medical School.

Investigators cannot receive funding in the same 12 month period from more than one of any of the following UMMS programs:  BMRC Bridging, or Extended Bridging by the EBS.

Grants Allowed by This Bridging Program:
  1. FOR COMPETITIVE RENEWAL GRANT – Bridging a competitive R01 renewal for period between A0 and A1*. The A0 summary statement and scores, and the PI’s response to summary statement must be supplied along with all other required documents itemized in application.
  2. FOR NEW R01 related to a previously funded project – Bridging a new R01 between the A0 and A1* that demonstrates continuity with current research efforts in the PI’s laboratory (including the continuation of research from non-funded competitive renewal projects).  The A0 summary statement and scores, and the PI’s response to summary statement must be supplied along with required documents itemized in application.
  3. FOR P01/CENTER PROJECTS TO R01 – Bridging from a project component of a failed Program Project or Center grant to an R01 A0 application.  The Program Project or Center Project summary statement, scores, and the PI’s response to summary statement must be supplied along with required documents itemized in application.

  Your bridging application must be received by BMRC at least two months before you submit your A1 grant.

Grants Not Eligible for Bridging by This Program:
  1. Bridging from non-renewable NIH grants (e.g. R21, K awards) to an R01 A0.
  2. Grants funded by Foundations. Example: The American Heart Association.
  3. Internally Awarded Pilot Projects.
  4. Career Awards.
  5. Fellowship Awards.
  6. R03s or grants under $100K/year.

Funding Amounts:
  • BMRC:  Up to $50,000 is available to maintain projects over a short duration (3 to 12 months). The funding period cannot overlap with federal grant funding, can start after no cost extension funds are exhausted, and can be paid (within one year) until the start date of the new grant.
  • PI's Department:  An equal amount of matching funds (up to $50,000) is REQUIRED from the PI's department. These matching funds may include up to 10% of the PI's salary effort and corresponding fringe benefits within the NIH cap.
  • BMRC Bridging No Cost Extensions:  Requests may be considered, but cannot overlap with federal funds.
  • UMOR (formerly OVPR):  Additional funds may be available through the University of Michigan Office of Research's funding program, "Research Maintenance for Sponsored Projects."  Please refer to their website for guidelines and application.
    BMRC funding fulfills the matching requirements for the UMOR grant.
Grant Application and How To Apply:

Information about the required application materials and the application submission
process is through the web-based UMMS Competition Space. On the Competition Space site, select the open BMRC Bridging Support competition.
PI will apply with their unique name and Level 1 password (Kerberos).

BMRC Review:
     Funding decisions will be made based on the following criteria:
  1. Scientific merit of proposal and impact on the field.
  2. Likelihood that bridging will result in the continuation of the research program.
  3. Overall impact that the funding will have on capacity to maintain productive research activity.
  4. Financial need to maintain a defined research project and / or to retain key research personnel.
  5. Other current support, internal resources, start-up funds.
  6. Applications received two months prior to NIH submission date will be given priority.

The PI will receive a summarized written review regardless of funding decision. Decisions and reviews are completed within 6 – 8 weeks.


Please contact Suzana Erickson at (734-615-8802).