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Research Support & Resources

Research Support

The College of Medicine research office provides three avenues of research support for faculty seeking to maintain or expand their external funding portfolio. A call for pilot grant applications is issued once a year, and bridge funding requests will be evaluated up to three times a year. In addition, faculty, especially early and mid-career investigators, have the opportunity to use the expertise of the Grant Advisory Committee Program.

The pilot grant program is intended to expand the research projects of the College of Medicine faculty into new scientific areas. The program will provide financial support to generate compelling preliminary data that can be leveraged to successfully compete for NIH grants (especially R01s, R21s). While the program’s main goal is to increase NIH funding, proposals that target other federal or state agencies will also be considered.

Faculty experiencing a gap in funding support can apply for a bridge fund. Depending on the number of applications and available resources, bridge support is provided to those PIs whose grant application was favorably reviewed but fell short of the funding line. Bridge funds are intended to keep essential personnel, such that the critiques by the review panel can be addressed, allowing the PI to resubmit an improved, revised proposal. Unused bridge funds might be reclaimed by the office of research.

The Grant Advisory Committee (GAC) Program is designated to support faculty during all stages of grant writing, including conceptualization of the aims and goals of the grant. This formalized program is focused on grant applications to the NIH, but GACs can also be used for large applications to DOD, NSF or CPRIT. The program can be initiated anytime, but committees should be formed and become active at least four months prior to the grant deadline. If you are interested in utilizing the program, contact the research office well in advance of the grant deadline ( We will help you set up your committee and also put you in contact with faculty who have successfully taken advantage of the program.

The program offers attractive incentives for registered faculty advisors. Faculty with a strong funding history who are interested in serving as an advisor should contact the Executive Associate Dean of Research (

Current faculty can learn more at: