COM-T Translational Research Investment and Bridge Funding Program

Thursday, July 18, 2019

An inaugural College of Medicine – Tucson Translational Research Investment and Bridge Funding Program will begin effective January 1, 2020. This award was created in response to the need for investment and bridge funding to support PIs with federally scored NIH grants that missed the payline but need to respond to reviewer requests with new information. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Translational Research Investment and Bridge Funding Program is administered by the College of Medicine – Tucson with annual oversight. The opportunity is open to tenured, tenure-eligible or career track faculty that serve as PIs conducting research at CoM-Tucson that contains an endpoint in a patient or patient derived material. Applicants can be at any stage of their careers but must be responding to an NIH scored critique issued within the last 12 months that missed the payline. The intent is to support research projects during a one-time, one-year period with up to $75,000 to enable the collection of new data for resubmission of the NIH grant application. NIH guidelines state that resubmissions are limited to 37 months from the review date. Awards will directly support the University’s institutional goals and priorities while aligning with eligible PIs interests and clinical area of expertise. PIs are only considered that have track records of success within the proposed area of expertise.

TERMS OF THE AWARD: The salary of the PI for their research time will be paid by the academic institution. The PI receives up to $75, 000 over one year to cover either research time and/or research related expenses and is non-renewable. An equivalent (1:1) matching contribution is required from the supporting UA Center, Department or Institute. 

Allowable Expenses: Salary and fringe benefits for Principal Investigator, key personnel, and other essential personnel; Publication costs; Equipment and supplies; and Core Research Support Services 

Non-allowable expenses: Consultant costs; Alterations and renovations; Facilities and Administrative costs (indirect costs); Contract services; Consortium costs; and Travel Expenses

Awardees will be selected with the following criteria: 

• Responding to a scored critique from an NIH/NSF or equivalent peer reviewed grant application 

• Experience and recognition of excellence in medical, scientific or technical community 

• Research area related to creating solutions for unmet clinical needs 

• A record of peer-reviewed grant funding or support and publications of peer reviewed manuscripts 

• Benefit and support of the award to the PI by the Department and the UA strategic priorities 

• Ability to identify and articulate science and technology directly related to clinical needs 

HOW TO APPLY: Submit 5 supporting documents to the dean of College of Medicine – Tucson by August 1, 2019 by emailing Documents should include your current NIH biosketch, NIH summary statement, the Introduction to the Resubmission, one-year budget request and a signed nomination letter from your department chair indicating the level of their matching contribution. Please contact Deputy Dean for Research Anne Cress, PhD, at with any questions.