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For starters, go to the glossary links R56-Bridge award and selective pay. For details, read the NIAID R56-Bridge Award SOP and Selective Pay SOP. You may also want to check out Contact Your Program Officer to Learn Your Funding Options in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
The main difference is the length of support. R56-Bridge awards provide one year of funding so investigators can gather additional data to revise an R01 application.
Selective pay awards are fully funded as regular R01 awards and provide four years of support. Also, NIAID needs Council recommendation for nominated selective pay grants but not for R56-Bridge applications.
You don't apply for an R56-Bridge award. Rather, program officers nominate you for one based on your R01 application. If it is programmatically important and missed the payline, you may be nominated. For more information, see the NIAID R56-Bridge Award SOP.
R56-Bridge awards allow investigators to gather additional data to for a resubmission or new R01 application.
Yes, submit a new R01 application, even if you originally applied for a renewal. Use data from the R56-Bridge award to plan a new research direction.
No, but you may take a no-cost extension of up to one year. See Can I take a no-cost extension of an R56-Bridge award?
You can resubmit your R01 only if you have a resubmission opportunity left. In that case, use the R56-Bridge award to improve your R01 application and send a resubmission (even if you applied as a renewal).
Your other choice is to send a new application. See Can I get an R56-Bridge award if I have used up my resubmission? and get advice on how to craft a new application at Options if Your Application Isn't Funded in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
You should resubmit as soon as you can fully address the issues in your summary statement. This may or may not be during the one-year period of your R56 award. For more information, read the NIAID R56-Bridge Award SOP.
Your R56 grant is awarded for one year. If your revised R01 application receives a fundable score and is awarded before the end of your R56 grant period, NIAID will terminate the R56 early.
Though we generally fund at the study section-recommended level, the funding level depends on our financial management plan at the time of award—see Paylines and Funding for details. As with any grant, an R56-Bridge award may be reduced from the study section-recommended level if program officers provide rationale for doing so.
It's up to NIAID whether you receive an R56-Bridge award. Program officers nominate applications, division directors rank the nominations, and NIAID's Office of the Director approves them for funding.
No. See the NIAID R56-Bridge Award SOP for a list of ineligible application or grant types.
Yes. If your resubmission is funded during the no-cost extension, we'll terminate the R56 Bridge and fund the R01.
Yes. New investigators receive some special funding consideration. See Contact Your Program Officer to Learn Your Funding Options in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Read the NIAID R56-Bridge Award SOP.
Applicants with programmatically important R01 applications that missed the payline qualify.
No. Like R56-Bridge awards, program officers nominate applications for selective pay awards.
Though we generally fund at the study section-recommended level, the funding level depends on our financial management plan at the time of award—see Paylines and Funding for details. An award may be reduced from the study section-recommended level if program officers provide rationale for doing so. Selective pay grants are limited to four years.
The decision lies with NIAID. Program officers nominate applications for selective pay awards, then Council recommends and ranks them for funding. NIAID awards the highest ranked applications.
You will get the R01 for which you applied.
Yes. NIAID gives some special funding consideration to new investigators. See Contact Your Program Officer to Learn Your Funding Options in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Read the Selective Pay SOP.
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