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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.
To provide one year of funding for investigators whose high-priority R01 applications score beyond the payline.
NIAID staff members nominate programmatically important R01 applications that missed the payline for High-Priority, Short-Term Project Awards (R56), called R56-Bridge awards. Investigators cannot apply for these awards.
After program officers recommend candidates, directors of each program division rank the nominees, limiting the number of awards to funds available, and present the nominations to NIAID’s Office of the Director for approval. Each division reports its R56-Bridge awards at the NIAID pre-Council meeting.
In choosing applications, NIAID considers a project's relevance to our mission, scientific merit, and ability to produce results within one year. It also gives some special consideration to new investigators.
The following awards are ineligible for an R56-Bridge:
R56-Bridge awards always receive one year of funding.
When NIAID funds a resubmitted R01, it terminates the R56-Bridge award. PIs may carry over any R56-Bridge funds remaining from the previous fiscal year after submitting their final Federal Financial Report.
Most often, NIAID funds R56-Bridge awards at study section-recommended dollars and follows its financial management plan at the time of award. See Paylines and Funding for details.
As with any grant, NIAID may reduce an R56-Bridge award from a study section-recommended level if recommended by the program officer.
Every year, divisions report their R56-Bridge awards to Council.
See Funding an R01 Application After an R56-Bridge Award for more information. GMP staff can see GMP's Bridge Awards (R56) High-Priority, Short-Term Project Awards SOP.
Applicants with questions should read When to Contact an NIAID Program Officer.
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Last Updated January 05, 2015
Last Reviewed January 21, 2015