Interdisciplinary Pilot Funds

The MU School of Medicine, College of Engineering, and College of Veterinary Medicine, along with Mizzou Advantage, have announced the availability of funds for pilot projects in translational science and biomedical innovations. To be eligible for these interdisciplinary pilot funds, proposals must reflect strong collaboration across engineering, veterinary medicine, and medicine (at least two schools/colleges). The goal is to support projects that, if successful, will be highly competitive for external funding.  Studies with a strong, central theme of translational research and/or biomedical innovation will be given highest priority for funding. These awards are periodic and will be announced when available. 

Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Funds (WashU)

The primary purpose of this program is to fund high quality, innovative proposals that have the potential to promote the translation of scientific discoveries into improvements in human health. 

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Bridge Funding Program

The SOM Bridge Funding Program was created provide support for investigators with a strong track-record of federal funding who are facing a hiatus while working to resume extramural support. Bridge Funding recognizes the highly-competitive nature of federal-funding and seeks to help investigators keep programs active, maintain animal colonies, preserve research teams, and gather supplemental data during the process of re-application. Applications are requested quarterly, with awards starting the first of each calendar quarter.

  • Purpose: To provide support for investigators with a strong track-record of federal funding who are facing a hiatus while working to resume extramural support.  Bridge Funding recognizes the highly-competitive nature of federal-funding and seeks to help investigators keep programs active, maintain animal colonies, preserve research teams, and gather supplemental data during the process of re-application
  • Eligibility: 
    • Principal investigators with substantial funding from other sources or reserves are not eligible
    • Tenured and non-tenured faculty members
    • Investigators with a recent federally-funded research program (past two years) who have submitted a new or renewal application to continue a program that missed the funding line
  • Funding:
    • Awards will not exceed $50,000 (including departmental co-funding)
    • Awards will be co-funded (50/50) by departments 
    • The award period will not exceed one year
    • Funds cannot be used for faculty salary
  • Submission and Review:
    • Peer Review: Subcommittee with representation from Dean’s Advisory Committee on Research Strategy and the SOM Research Council
    • Administrative Review: Senior Associate Dean for Research with input from the Advisory Committee
  • Bridge-funding Application:
    • Cover Letter that includes a description of the need for short-term funding to avoid loss of capacity within the research program
    • Letter of Support from the Departmental Chair that includes a matching-funds commitment and a statement regarding faculty reserves/other funding sources
    • Description of the proposed research during period of bridge funding (should address issues raised in summary statement; must be < 2 pages)
    • Budget and budget justification for proposed one year of bridge funding
    • Current NIH Biosketch for PI and Key Personnel
    • Copy of the Summary Statement/critiques of recently reviewed proposal
    • Research Plan and Specific Aims of recently reviewed proposal
  • Progress Report: A progress report is required for all bridge-funding applications at 6 months and at the completion of the grant period. The report will describe activities completed, use of funds, and application status.

Other Opportunities

Additional opportunities for funding are provided by the following programs.