Bridge Funding Program

The School is committed to supporting its faculty who rely on outside funding for salary support. Faculty, from time to time, may have unavoidable gaps in salary funding; several mechanisms have been instituted to help mitigate these instances:

  • The policy on Research Funding and Revenue Sharing is intended to incentivize research as well as provide all ranks and tracks of faculty with an opportunity to build their own resource pools for supporting their research programs.
  • The school has created a central pool for addressing salary shortfalls for faculty. This pool, administered herein, is intended to address short-term funding needs. Persistent or structural funding gaps are beyond the scope of this program and should be discussed with the faculty member’s center director and department chair in conjunction with the Dean’s office.

Guidance (PDF)

Application

Frequently Asked Questions

While it is not feasible to include all 11 SPH center directors on the panel, center directors will have input on bridge funding applications and reviews. Faculty are expected to consult with center directors prior to submitting an application, center directors are invited to include a written comment when the faculty member submits the application, and the review panel will consult with center directors prior to review meetings.

Final decisions will be made by the panel, although, in certain instances, the dean will review the application.

Examples of applications that likely would and would not be approved are unlikely to be helpful due to the great variety in faculty situations. However, we expect that these guidelines will become more specific over time.

The number of grant applications submitted will be taken into account by the panel, as stated under "Review Criteria".

Linking faculty with collaborators, and otherwise helping them to obtain funding, is within the purview of center directors.

The use of a faculty member’s personal research funds for bridge funding does not require approval from this program.

Having limited funds is an eligibility criterion, as described under “Application Process.”

Given that grants are reviewed several times per year, a 6-month window for bridge funding was deemed appropriate, but these guidelines will be revised as needed.

Yes, faculty with primary appointments outside of SPH who submit their grants through SPH are included in the SPH bridge funding program as well as the revenue sharing program.

There is no maximum number of times someone could apply, but persistent or structural funding gaps are beyond the scope of this program and should be discussed with the faculty member’s center director and department chair, in conjunction with the Dean’s office.

Grant financial managers, in conjunction with the faculty member, will maintain a 12-month rolling funding forecast for each faculty member, which will be shared with the faculty on a biannual basis.

Rather than have a tier with 100% match of bridge funding, we have opted to provide 100% bridge funding coverage for faculty whose personal research funds are below $25K, so that these faculty still have access to personal research funds to support their research.

Applicants may reapply at any time. There is no maximum number of times someone could reapply. However, persistent or structural funding gaps are beyond the scope of this program and should be discussed with the faculty member's center director and department chair, in conjunction with the Dean's office.