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Grant Program Provides Bridge Funding for Essential Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the recent expansion of its bridge funding program, designed to provide interim support for research projects that experience a temporary lapse in external funding.

The program, administered through OVPR’s Research Advancement as part of Grant-in-Aid, has been in existence for 25 years and offers bridge grants for research projects across all campuses and colleges at the U. Proposals are reviewed by a faculty committee and are selected based on scientific merit, likelihood of subsequent funding, availability of alternative internal and external funding, and overall value of retaining the research program.

OVPR is expanding the amount of allowable funding to provide bridging support for research projects that may experience funding shortfalls due to sequestration.

“We hope this program will offer some relief to researchers who rely on funding from NIH, NSF and other federal programs affected by sequestration,” said Brian Herman, Vice President for Research. “We recognize that this is not a permanent solution, but we saw an opportunity to reallocate existing resources to ensure that the most essential research at the U can continue.”

Until now, the bridge funding program has allowed up to $30,000 per request. In the expanded program, requests can now be up to $150,000 but matching is required. Proposals will be accepted three times a year (fall, spring and summer) and funding can be requested for up to two years.

As has always been the case, proposals will only be considered if proof of a renewal or continuation of external funding is provided. Requests for new, previously unsupported research projects are not eligible, nor are requests for funding to augment existing external awards that were funded at lower than expected levels.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, OVPR awarded nearly $6 million to 106 university researchers through its Minnesota Futures, Research Infrastructure Investment and Grant-in-Aid funding programs.  Projects supported through these programs represent a wide spectrum of approaches, disciplines and academic pursuits and contribute to the overall quality and impact of research at the U.

Originally published on Research @ the U of M.

Erin Dennis

Erin Dennis

Erin is assistant communications director for the Office of the Vice President for Research and senior editor of Inquiry. 

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