Biomedical Research Support Bridging and Incentive Fund

  Spring Fall Winter
Intent to Apply Form Deadline March 12 July 14 November 12
Application Deadline* April 4 August 5 December 5
Committee Meeting Early May Early September Early January

*Only for applicants who received an invitation to submit an application.

Biomedical Research Support Committee

Committee members serve in rotation with term lengths of 2 to 5 years.

  • Joel G. Belasco, Co-Chair
  • Edward A. Fisher, Co-Chair
  • William Borkowsky, M.D. 
  • Mitchell Chesler, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Joel D. Ernst, M.D.
  • Michael Garabedian, Ph.D.
  • Richard B. Hayes, D.D.S., Ph.D.
  • Stevan R. Hubbard, Ph.D.
  • Susan Logan, Ph.D.
  • Gregg J. Silverman, M.D
  • Susan Smith, Ph.D.

A. Purpose

The purpose of the Bridging/Incentive Funds for Biomedical Research is to support biomedical research activities that will directly contribute towards improving an application's score and increase its chances to be funded by NIH. Two types of funds are available:

Bridging Funds:  for previously funded projects that have experienced, or are about to experience, a lapse in NIH grant support. The Bridging Award is to support activities requested by the NIH Reviewers that will directly contribute towards improving the application's score and chances for funding by NIH.

Incentive Funds: for projects that received a favorable score by NIH Reviewers but have never been funded by NIH. The Incentive Award is to support activities requested by the NIH Reviewers that will directly contribute towards improving the application's score and chances for funding by NIH.

B. Support

The Office of Science and Research provides one-year Bridging/Incentive awards with a maximum budget of $75,000 for R01 or $50,000 for R21. These awards do not incur indirect costs. Applicants can request funds to support Bridging/Incentive research-project related costs to support:

  • salary and fringe of technical personnel, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows;
  • research supplies;
  • other approved research project related expenses.

Use of funds for PI salary, equipment, or travel is not allowed; for further details on allowable costs contact:

Applicants are required to use the award to support activities directly related to the Bridging/Incentive project only. Applicants are required to provide a short progress report within six-months of receiving the award. All awarded applicants are required to resubmit for external funding within twelve months of receiving this award. Applicants are required to notify the Office of Science and Research if they receive alternate funding from any source for the Bridging/Incentive project. Any funds remaining in the account at the time of receipt of new funding must be returned.  

C. Eligibility

Full-time research faculty who submitted a biomedical research grant application to the NIH that received a favorable impact score but was not funded and that is eligible for resubmission to the NIH as a revised application (i.e., unsuccessful A1 applications are not currently eligible for this fund). Revised Bridging/Incentive applications will generally not be considered.

All proposals must clearly delineate how use of Bridging/Incentive funds will increase the likelihood the project will be funded by the NIH upon resubmission. Prior consultation with the Office of Science and Research is strongly encouraged by emailing:

D. Application Procedure

1. Complete Intent to Apply Form (due one-month prior to full application)

Applications will undergo an initial review after submitting the Intent to Apply Form. Any Intent to Apply Forms submitted after midnight of the due date indicated above will be considered for the next award cycle.

In addition to completing the entire form, all applicants must attach and submit with their online form the following items from the original grant application the Bridging/Incentive application is based on:

  • Original application’s specific aims submitted to NIH, and
  • First page of NIH summary statement with the score (please do not send full reviewer comments)

All applicants will receive an invitation to submit a full application within one week. Invited applicants will receive a cover page invitation and will be eligible to submit a full application within one month. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit full applications within the indicated deadlines.

2. Bridging/Incentive Application Package

One *PDF. file of the complete application (parts 1 and 2) must be emailed to Bridging Incentive Program by midnight on the deadline day. Please cc your departmental Chair and Administrator.

Part 1:

1. Cover Page Invitation: Complete all the information on the cover page invitation you receive from the initial review and place the cover page at the beginning of your application.

2. NIH Summary Statement

3. Responses to the Reviewer Critiques (no more than 3-pages): Indicate points of agreement and disagreement that you have with the NIH Peer Review summary. Explain any special circumstances that you believe the reviewers did not consider.

4. Description of any NEW specific aims (no more than 1 page): if your resubmission will include any new specific aims provide a one-page summary describing how the new aims will increase the likelihood your application will be funded as a resubmission and will not be considered a new application by the NIH (see NOT-OD-10-080).

5. Project Research Plan (no more than 3 pages): Provide a focused research plan for the work that will be carried out specifically using the Bridging/Incentive Award funds. Indicate how these experiments will address the deficiencies of the previous application. Include a clear timeline detailing your research activities for the entire period of the Bridging/Incentive award and the date on which you expect to submit a revised grant application to the NIH, which normally should be about 6-12 months after the award begins.

6. Detailed Budget: use the NYU Bridging/Incentive Budget form:

  • Do not exceed $75,000 in total costs for R01 ($50,000 for R21)
  • Personnel: specify names, effort, salary, and current NYUSOM fringe
  • Supplies: Itemized by major category
  • Other research-related expenses: Itemized by major category

7. Detailed Budget Justification (no more than 1 page): Justify how you intend to use the requested funds by detailing how the funds will address the deficiencies of the previous application.

Part 2: Unfunded Grant Application (This section pertains to the unfunded grant application your Bridge/Incentive Proposal is based on):

  1. Complete specific aims and research plan from the unfunded application.
  2. Biosketches for Principal Investigator(s) and any staff that will receive support on Bridging/Incentive funds.

E. Deadlines

Intent to Apply forms are accepted year round, but are reviewed only three times a year after the indicated deadline date for intent to apply. Any forms received after midnight of the indicated deadline date will be considered for the next award cycle. Full applications are by official invitation only from the Office of Science and Research. Full Applications are due before midnight on the cycle date designated to the application.

F. Review Process

The Committee Chairs will review initial applications (via intent to apply form) to assess the following criteria:

  • undergone NIH peer-review process and received favorable comments from NIH Peer Review group,
  • received a competitive score from the NIH Peer Review process, but did not receive funding,
  • remains eligible for resubmission to NIH; we will use NIH rules for resubmissions.

After this review, applicants will receive an invitation to submit a full application due one month after letter of intent date.

After receiving full applications, the Committee Chairs will assign reviewers. The Bridging/Incentive Fund Committee and ad hoc reviewers will provide recommendations for funding to the Senior Vice President and Vice-Dean for Science, Dr. Dafna Bar-Sagi. Recommendations will be based primarily on overall scientific merit of the proposed Bridging/Incentive application.

Dr. Bar-Sagi will make final decisions on awards (period of funding, total amount awarded, and final budget). The Office of Science and Research will notify each applicant if they have received an award via email within six to eight weeks of full application submission.

G. Payments

Once notified of award, a chartfield will be established by Research Finance. Your departmental administrator will notify you of your chartfield number.

H. Submission and Queries

Intent to apply forms are welcomed year round, but will only be considered for the next upcoming cycle. All applicants submitting a letter of intent will be notified if they are invited to submit a full application three weeks prior to the application deadline.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact

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