VU Bridge Program

VU Program for Resources to Bridge and Re-align
Federal Research Grant Application

This program supports two types of investments for assisting VU SOM faculty with lapses in federal grant support. Funds for these programs are provided directly by VU SOM leadership to Departments and Centers through Internal Designated Centers or IDC (formerly APS). For bridge purposes, both re-budgeting of previously allocated IDC funds and requests for additional IDC funds must receive prior VU SOM approval.

Bridge and Realignment funds are awarded three times a year in the months of February, June and October. Submission deadlines are January 15, May 15, and September 15.

 

I. Resources for Federal Grant Bridge Funding of Competitive Renewal Applications

Since 2005, this program has been in place to directly help faculty sustain their research programs when competitive federal grant renewals are unfunded. Supporting our investigators is a top priority as demonstrated by:

  • Providing the resources necessary to secure data for resubmission to enable competing renewal.
  • Minimizing the need to terminate laboratory personnel during the grant lapse.

 

Eligibility and Support Summary – Please contact Anthony Tharp in the VU SOM Dean of Basic Sciences office for detailed guidance

1) An applicant must be the Principal Investigator (PI) on a federal award that was submitted as part of a timely competing renewal process. R01 and P01 series awards are eligible.

2) The PI should have no other unrestricted resources available, with documentation that all endowed, Research Reward, gift, royalty, training grant and other resources are used first. Carry-forward on the original grant should be documented and used for priority expenses.

3) The request for funding and all information (below, B1, B2) must be received shortly after the date the PI has received the summary sheets from the grant review.

4) The PI is expected to resubmit the A1 proposal no later than the next appropriate application cycle although this can be adjusted if additional time is required to address study section comments. If a resubmitted A1 proposal is not funded, the PI may petition for one final bridge support period to enable submission of a new grant. In total, no more than 15 months of bridge support will be allowed for a given competitive renewal and its subsequent proposals.

5) Applications for concurrent Bridge Funding support are allowed for a 2nd grant. If multiple grants for a single PI are simultaneously supported, the level of support for the 2nd grant will generally be reduced. Bridge funding is not available for a 3rd, or more, grant from a single PI.

6) Only personnel included on the unfunded submission will be covered by the Bridge Funds you will receive. No personnel changes or new personnel are allowed.

7) Final decisions regarding A1 Bridge Funding, and that for any new research proposals, will be made by the VU SOM leadership. Bridge Review Sub-committees will no longer be employed as a method of selection.

8) Effective January 2017, all faculty receiving Bridge Funds must complete a VICTR Studio for their bridged project. Studios consist of 2 – 6 experienced faculty selected to participate in a guidance session based on specific areas of research and needs identified by the investigator. Suggestions for names of faculty who would be appropriate and could contribute to the Studio will be considered. Bridge Funds will be released contingent upon scheduling the Studio session. Please click here for an overview of the program and for scheduling information.

II. Resources for Federal Grant Realignment and New Research Proposal Submission

This program is intended to help faculty transition their research program when they elect to not submit a competitive renewal for a federal grant. Support is only available for a one-time maximum $50,000 allocation.

Eligibility and Support Summary – Please contact Anthony Tharp in the VU SOM Dean of Sciences office for detailed guidance

1) An applicant must be the Principal Investigator (PI) on a federal award for which they have elected to not submit a competitive renewal. Instead, a new research grant proposal should have been submitted, or be planned/intended for submission, in a timely manner. R01 and P01 series awards are eligible.

2) The PI should have no other unrestricted resources available, with documentation that all endowed, Research Reward, gift, royalty, training grant and other resources are used first.

3) The request for funding and all information must be received three months before the original competitive renewal is due. If the new grant proposal is submitted in a manner such that a grant lapse between the original and new is not anticipated, but the new grant is not funded on the A0, the PI must follow-up with the unfunded score information within one month after the date the PI has received the summary sheets from the new grant proposal review.

4) The one-time allocation of $50,000 will be made no earlier than at the end of the original grant funding period. Careful management and planning for any possible carry forward/unfunded extension period should be demonstrated.

5) If the A0 application is not funded, only the re-alignment program is available for support. The PI cannot apply for support from the bridge funding program for this unfunded A0 (or a subsequent unfunded A1),

6) Applications for concurrent bridge and re-alignment funding support will be considered for different grants by the same PI. Bridge and re-alignment funding is not available for a 3rd, or more, grant from a single PI.

7) Faculty with unspent IDC commitments of >$50,000 are not eligible for support by this program. If increased IDC expenditures will be needed outside of that approved for the given FY budget, re-budgeting must be specifically requested following the above timelines.

8) Final decisions regarding re-alignment funding will be made by the VU SOM leadership.

9) If new funding is awarded, any unspent bridge funds will be returned and become available for distribution to other eligible bridge funding applicants.

10) Effective January 2017, all faculty receiving Realignment Funds must complete a VICTR Studio for their bridged project. Studios consist of 2 – 6 experienced faculty selected to participate in a guidance session based on specific areas of research and needs identified by the investigator. Suggestions for names of faculty who would be appropriate and could contribute to the Studio will be considered. Realignment Funds will be released contingent upon scheduling the Studio session. Please click here for an overview of the program and for scheduling information.

Submitting a Bridge or Realignment Request

To submit an application, please click on the following link, complete the form, and upload all required documentation: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=FPCATWN97N

 

VICTR Studios.pdf

VU Program for Resources to Bridge and Re-align Federal Research Grant Application_042017.pdf