The purpose of the Bridge Funding program in Penn Engineering is to provide up to 12 months of gap funding for research projects to enable the continuation of a basal level of lab activity such that a currently funded project may progress to funding renewal.
This program is intended to extend extramurally funded research projects only. Requests for pilot studies or other unfunded research will not be considered. Only projects administered through SEAS will be eligible for gap funding. Lastly, only those projects with a high likelihood of continued funding by the sponsor will be supported by this program. For example, this program will not support projects that have either received a poor score or that have completed the third review without being funded.
Any approved gap funding will cease upon either the start date of the award or the notification that the final round of funding requests was not awarded.
Eligibility: All full-time SEAS faculty (tenure and research tracks)
Requests for Bridge Funding will be accepted three times per year on August 15, April 22 and December 15. Please submit all requests to Tara Betterbid, Assistant to the Deputy Dean (313 Levine Hall). You may also contact her regarding any operational or process questions via email or by phone, 215.898.8241.
Review and Selection Process
Requests will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Deputy Dean and Tom Stump, in consultation with the Dean and department chairs. Awards will be made based on need, strength of the research program, and availability of funding.
Requests should be made prior to the termination of existing funding. Justification should be provided if this is not the case.
Projects must have been submitted for renewal to the original funding agency at least once for consideration in advance of the termination deadline and the review must be in hand and provided with the application.
It is expected that the faculty member will have already explored all other possible funding sources with their home department chair. Requests will ideally be considered for individual unfunded projects if no overlap exists with other funded projects. If other funded projects exist, this factor will be considered by the committee and more stringent rules will be applied. In addition, the committee will take into consideration any discretionary funds (special purpose funds, technology transfer funds, unrestricted gifts/endowments, etc.) available to both the department and the PI prior to making a funding decision.
The requestor’s Home Department Chair must determine whether the request has merit and must enthusiastically endorse the request in writing before it can be considered for funding. In the case of requests to support gaps in the funding of sub-projects within program projects (e.g. NIH P01, P50, SCOR etc.), the request must also have the written support of the program project principal investigator.
Recipients of Bridge Funding awards must provide a year-end report documenting progress of the project, expenditures, and further attempts to acquire funding for the research program.
- The request for bridge funding will not exceed 1 year.
- Funding may include essential project support personnel, services and supplies only.
- Equipment, travel and faculty salary should not be requested.
- See the attached Budget template for further details.