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Bridge Fund Research Support

Tulane University Vice President for Research Bridge Research Support

Applications are closed for 2023. Call for Applications will be opened Fall 2024

General Guidelines for Vice President for Research Bridge Research Support


To sustain competitively funded research projects that have temporarily lost extramural support, the Bridge program provides one-time support to eligible Principal Investigators to assist with re-establishing external funding.  

A primary objective of the Program is to keep experienced research teams together; thus, priority will be given to retain project staffing temporarily. Also, special consideration will be given to multi-investigator, convergent, and center-type projects. 

Who is Eligible

Bridge support is intended for those Principal Investigators who have not received support from the Office of Research previously and who experienced a substantial reduction from extramural sources, and who can reasonably anticipate regaining competitive support in the upcoming year. 

Priority is given to those Principal Investigators who meet the following criteria

  • They received continuous extramural funding from peer-reviewed sources during the five years preceding their request
  • They have lost or will lose most of their extramural funding between July 1 and June 30 of the current fiscal year
  • They can reasonably anticipate re-establishing funding

Expense Categories Eligible for Assistance

Bridge support may be requested for the following expense categories

  • Salaries/Benefits for research support personnel 
  • Supplies and Equipment
  • Animal Care

Bridge Program support may not be used for

  • PI and co-PI salaries (including summer salaries)
  • Travel
  • Budget overdrafts on other projects
  • Administrative Costs 

How to Apply

Applications should include

  • A cover letter detailing the Principal Investigator’s funding history, the need for Bridge support, and a description of plans to re-establish funding
  • A detailed budget of proposed expenditures
  • NIH-style Biographical Sketch

The application need not describe in detail the research project for which funding is requested because this program does not evaluate scientific merit per se.

Questions regarding the Vice President for Research Bridge Research Support should be submitted electronically to: Gail Louis, Assistant Vice President for Research:


Awards will be made in consultation with an internal review committee and with academic Deans.