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NIAID R56-Bridge Award SOP

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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.

Purpose

To provide one year of funding for investigators whose high-priority R01 applications score beyond the payline.

Procedure

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.

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:

  • Grant mechanisms other than the R01.
  • Projects that have previously received an R56.
  • Not discussed applications.
  • New clinical trials and epidemiological studies.
  • End-of-year applications that need an institutional assurance of protection for human subjects or animal welfare.
  • End-of-year applications that have human subject or animal welfare bars to award.
  • Foreign grants. Domestic grants with foreign components are also ineligible unless they can stand on their own without the foreign component.

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.

Applicants and PIs

  • Do the following if we recommend you for an R56-Bridge award that is reduced by at least two modules or 25 percent from the study section-recommended level:
    • Inform your program officer how this level would change the scope of your application and how you will use the funds.
    • Send revised Specific Aims, a timeline, and a budget to your program officer for review and approval. We must approve those documents before we can make an award.
  • After you receive an R56-Bridge award, submit an improved R01 using data resulting from the R56 award.
    • You must submit either a resubmission (by revising your R01) or a new R01 application.
    • Do not submit a renewal R01.
  • The R56 counts as other support if the R01 is fundable.
  • You may carry over funds from the R56 to the R01.

Program Officers

  • Recommend applicants and grantees for R56-Bridge funding using the NIAID Planning and Reporting System (NPARS).
  • Justify the R56-Bridge on one of the following bases:
    • PI will obtain new data to support the feasibility of the research.
    • PI will delete objectives or revise approaches to research.
    • For more information on justifying an R56-Bridge award, read the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Council Guidance.
  • Present R56-Bridge candidates for discussion at the NIAID pre-Council meeting.
  • For grants to be funded at less than the study section-recommended level, email the following documentation to your grants management specialist:
    • Scientific justification.
    • Revised Specific Aims, timeline, and budget from your PI.

Grants Management Staff

  • When an R56-Bridge award is released for funding, create an R56 record in IMPAC. Note: If the institution changes, make the change in the R01 record and wait for the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) to process the change before creating the R56 record.
  • Email a PDF of the application to the program officer, and ask him or her to review the application and complete the R56 Program Officer Checklist.
  • Before funding, inform the PI of the documentation he or she needs to submit to the program officer if budget cuts are greater than two modules or 25 percent.
  • For renewals, apply the renewal cap of 20 percent more than the direct cost of the last noncompeting grant year plus equipment and alterations and renovations.
  • Award facilities and administrative costs at the current F&A rate.

See Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Changing a Bridge Award (R56) to an R01 for more information. GMP staff can see GMP's Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Bridge Awards (R56) High-Priority, Short-Term Project Awards SOP.

Contacts

Applicants with questions should read When to Contact an NIAID Program Officer.

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Links

Bars to Grant Awards SOP

Deviations and Waivers to Grant Policies SOP

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.End-of-Year Funding Timelines and Processes SOP

Grants Timeline for Fiscal Year

NIAID Funding Policy and Process SOP

NIAID Planning and Reporting System (NPARS) SOP

NIH Office of Extramural Research—High Priority, Short-Term Project Award (R56) Web site

R56-Bridge Awards and Selective Pay questions and answers

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Release of Funds for Solicited, Opportunity Pool, and Career Awards SOP

Last Updated March 21, 2012

Last Reviewed March 02, 2012