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R56-Bridge Awards and Selective Pay Questions and Answers

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General

R56-Bridge Awards

Selective Pay Awards

General

Read the questions and answers below or see the Table of Contents above.

How can I get basic information on R56-Bridge and selective pay awards?

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.

What's the difference between R56-Bridge and selective pay awards?

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.

R56-Bridge Awards

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How can I get an R56-Bridge award?

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.

How do R56-Bridge awards help investigators?

R56-Bridge awards allow investigators to gather additional data to for a resubmission or new R01 application.

Can I get an R56-Bridge award for a renewal R01?

Yes.

Can I get an R56-Bridge award if I have used up my resubmission?

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.

Can I renew an R56-Bridge award?

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?

How do I resubmit my R01 after receiving 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.

If I get an R56-Bridge award, how many years do I have to resubmit?

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.

How long does an R56-Bridge award last?

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.

At what level can I expect to be funded?

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.

Who decides whether I get an R56-Bridge award?

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.

Can clinical trial awards get an R56-Bridge award?

No. See the NIAID R56-Bridge Award SOP for a list of ineligible application or grant types.

Can I take a no-cost extension of an R56-Bridge award?

Yes. If your resubmission is funded during the no-cost extension, we'll terminate the R56 Bridge and fund the R01.

Do new investigators have any advantage?

Yes. New investigators receive some special funding consideration. See Contact Your Program Officer to Learn Your Funding Options in the Strategy for NIH Funding.

Where can I learn more about R56-Bridge awards?

Read the NIAID R56-Bridge Award SOP.

Selective Pay Awards

Read the questions and answers below or see the Table of Contents above.

Who qualifies for a selective pay award?

Applicants with programmatically important R01 applications that missed the payline qualify.

Can I apply for a selective pay award?

No. Like R56-Bridge awards, program officers nominate applications for selective pay awards.

At what level can I expect to be funded?

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.

Who decides whether I get a selective pay award?

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.

What award type do I get?

You will get the R01 for which you applied.

Do new investigators have any advantage?

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.

Where can I learn more about selective pay awards?

Read the Selective Pay SOP.

What if my question wasn't answered here, or I'd like to suggest a question?

Email deaweb@niaid.nih.gov with the title of this page or its URL and your question or comment. We answer questions by email and post them here. Thanks for helping us clarify and expand our knowledge base.

 

Last Updated October 18, 2011

Last Reviewed May 12, 2011