Interim Support Funding (ISF) FAQs

ELIGIBILITY

Q: I have not received my written response from the NIH, i.e. NIH Summary Statement or pink sheet.  Can I still apply? 


A: No, the written response from the NIH is required for this review process.  If you submit an application without this, the application will not be reviewed.


Q: I have not completed my written response to the NIH Review Committee.  Can I still apply for an ISF award?


A: No, the written response to the NIH is required for this process.  It is OK to submit a draft response. Applications that do not submit the written response (or draft) will not be reviewed.


Q: Can you clarify the difference between Deliberative Interim Support and Formulaic Bridge Funding? 


A: As of October 5, 2020, there is only one program, Interim Support Funding. Formulaic Bridge Funding is no longer offered. Interim Support Funding is open to Principal Invesigators during a lapse or delay in their research funding from the NIH or another Federal agency (e.g., the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense) regardless of score or whether the application was discussed by the NIH review panel.


Q: I received Interim Support last year for my grant.  I resubmitted the grant and it received a 19th percentile.  Am I eligible to apply for Interim Support Support again?


A: Yes, you are eligible to apply for Interim support. Eligibililty is not based on score or whether the application was discussed by NIH. 


Q: I have applied for a “K” award and would like to submit that application for Interim Support.  Am I eligible to apply? 


A: Applicants for K awards are not eligible to apply for any kind of Interim Support.


Q: I am a younger investigator holding a mentored award (e.g. NIH K) and have recently submitted my first independent research proposal (i.e. R01, R21, U01 and P01).  Can I apply for interim support?


A: Yes, Researchers holding NIH "K" or other mentored awards that are transitioning to independent research support may apply, but only if they have applied as the PI for independent research funding.


Q: I received a percentile of 19 from the National Science Foundation.  Am I eligible to apply for Interim Support? 


A: Yes, you are eligible to apply.  As of October 5, 2020, eligibililty to apply for Interim Support is not based on score or whether the application was discussed by NIH. 

PREPARING TO APPLY

 

QQQ: What is the link to the MGRI online grants portal?

A: http://ecor.mgh.harvard.edu/GrantManager/Login.aspx

Q: My research proposal has not been approved by the IRB or the IACUC review committee.  Can I still apply? 

A: Yes, you can still apply. If you’re using such protocols and receive this award, you will need to link them by logging into Insight http://insight.partners.org.

Q: Is there additional help or resources to help prepare and write my grant application for NIH? 

A: Click here for general suggestions and resources for NIH grant applications.

Q. Are there any additional resources to help prepare and write my ECOR Interim Support application?

A:  Click here for the applicant guide for ECOR Interim Support applications. 

 

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

Q: Does the application need to go through Partners Research Management for pre-review?

A: No, please submit your application directly to ECOR using the MGRI Online Management Portal. You can access this by clicking here.


Q: Do I have to apply online?


A: Yes, all applications must now be submitted online.

 

AWARDS AND NOTIFICATIONS

Q: What is the indirect cost rate for this grant?

A: The indirect cost rate is 20%, which is the MGH administrative overhead rate as of October 1, 2022.


Q: When will the applicants be notified of the funding decisions for this award?


A: Please see the table on the "Interim Support Funding" for further information.