UW Directories | Calendar | Map | MyUW
UW logo
Skip to Main
Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)


Bridge Funding Applications Due May 1, 2012

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 9:40am

Provost Bridge Funding Program


Upcoming Deadline: May 1, 2012


The Provost’s Office will provide bridge funding to support faculty to span the gap in critical research programs. The University of Washington ranks among the top research institutions in the world and has a budget of over $1 billion in research grants and contracts. The UW and the region depend on the discoveries that come from our research programs. Several pressing issues face us during the next few years: (1) NIH funding, which accounts for about half of our research funding, is flat; (2) starting and more established faculty face increased competition for limited federal and non-federal research funds; (3) investigators may face loss of key personnel or key research resources. It is not intended to initiate new research projects. For those needs, researchers should apply to the Royalty Research Fund seed grant program





1.  Faculty with a track record of extramural funding who have lost all of their research support at the time of the Bridge application, or who will lose all of their research support within six months of the Bridge application deadline. Exceptions will be made for faculty who have lost or will lose 50% or more of their salary support. Such faculty are eligible for Bridge funding even though they have existing funding. Bridge funds from the Provost cannot be used for salary; required department and/or college matching funds can be used for any expenditure that supports research, including faculty salary. In addition, faculty members who have a grant that is restricted to pay only their salary (such as some NIH K

awards) are eligible if they have no other research funding.


2.  Junior faculty with a record of productivity who have exhausted their startup funds, but who have not yet obtained their first research funding (including an RRF award) either as a PI or as a co-investigator.


3.  A facility providing a key resource to multiple faculty that has lost extramural support. One faculty member should submit the proposal on behalf of the team.


4.  Faculty who hold an RRF award are eligible if the amount of the Award remaining at the time of Bridge Funding application is less than $30,000.

Please note that applicants who apply to both programs (Bridge and RRF) simultaneously will only be given one award. If an individual holds a Bridge Fund award and subsequently receives an RRF award of $30,000 or more, any remaining Bridge Fund monies must be returned.


In all cases, evidence must be provided to demonstrate efforts to establish or re-establish funding. Evidence such as grant reviews with priority scores will be used to evaluate these efforts. In addition, for faculty with joint, adjunct, or affiliate appointments involving the UW and a separate institution, eligibility requires that grants have been processed through the UW. If you process grants through the other institution, you are not eligible for UW bridge funds.


Note: The bridge award program is not intended as a ‘pilot’ or ‘seed’

funding program. The primary University-wide program for seed project funding is the RRF program.  Bridge Funding awards are typically used to support on-going research programs that have lost funding, although these funds may also be used to support new research directions, at the discretion of the recipient.


Application contents and submission process:


Applications from faculty should be submitted to the applicant’s department chair, who should prioritize requests before forwarding them to the dean of the college/school.  In non-departmentalized colleges/schools, applications should be submitted to the dean or his/her designee. The dean should prioritize requests before submitting them to the committee for review. Electronic applications are preferred, but for hard copy, please submit only one copy. The following material must be included in the application.


Your submitted application should include the following five required sections in the order listed:


1.  Curriculum vitae, including record of funding (maximum of 4 pages)


2.  Demonstration of attempts to obtain funding (e.g. abstracts of submitted grants, panel summaries, priority scores or other evaluations and comments). Do not send complete grant proposals.


3.  Description of proposed research (maximum of 5 pages). The abstract of a submitted grant is sufficient, if it is appropriate.


4.  Budget and justification, including the match commitment (see below)


5.  Statement of how this funding will increase chances of future funding.



Budget information:


Maximum award from the Provost: $50,000


Given for one year or until extramural funding is re-established. Can include supplies, equipment, lab personnel (technicians, students, fellows), travel and other research expenses.  Salary requests must include benefits. Provost funding cannot be used for the salaries of faculty.


Matching requirement: All funding requests must be matched 1:1 by the applicant’s college/school. Matching can be in any category that supports the research, including faculty salary, providing it is not currently being supplied.  Faculty with 11-month appointments cannot use departmental salary as matching.  The match must occur in the same time period that the research is carried out.


Documentation of the match commitment and a budget for the match must be included with the request.


At the time funding is established or re-established, unspent funds will be returned to the bridge program so that others can benefit.


Deadline for the proposals will be twice each year, December 1 and May 1.

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee in the Office of Research and recommendations will be made to the Provost. Notification of award will be made within one month of submission. A total of $500,000 is available for each round of awards.


If you have any questions, please contact Linda Gamman at:

lmkelley@u.washington.edu or visit our web site at:

http://www.washington.edu/research/main.php?page=bridge . Please review this site for important detailed eligibility information as well as FAQ’s.



More Announcements [...]