Applications for this grant are no longer being accepted.

Formulaic Bridge Funding Support (FY14)


Applications Due: 7th day of each month


The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) offers Formulaic Bridge Funding Support to assist MGH Principal Investigators (PIs) during a lapse or delay in their research funding from the NIH.  To be eligible for Formulaic Bridge Funding, applicants must have applied as a PI for an R01 or R21 NIH grant to support an independent, long-term research program. The Formulaic Bridge process is open to:

  1. Investigators whose grants received a score < or = 20th percentile and have received written communication from the NIH that the grant will not be funded.[1]
  2. Investigators whose grants received a fundable score (< or = 20th percentile), but are three months past the nominal start date of their NIH grant.


  • The awards are not transferable to any other institution. 
  • The funds may be used for salaries and fringe benefits for principal investigators and/or their key laboratory personnel; supplies and other essential items for the project.
  • Equipment may not be purchased with the award funds.
  • Formulaic Bridge Funding will be effective no earlier than the nominal start date of the unfunded application.
  • The awards are unrestricted to the area of study.
  • R01 awards are for $75,000 direct costs, plus 15% indirect costs ($86,250 total award costs).
  • R21 awards are $37,500 direct costs, plus 15% indirect costs ($43,125 total award costs). 


  • PIs pursuing either basic or clinical research are eligible.
  • Applicants must have a full-time MGH appointment at the time of application and during the entire award period.
  • New award applications and competing award applications (both A0 and A1) are eligible.
  • A PI can submit multiple applications, however, there should be no duplication of effort, budget or specific aims in applications submitted by an investigator for this funding.
  • If a PI has already received either Formulaic or Deliberative Support, they may apply for a second round of ECOR funding after the resubmission to the NIH, but only through the Deliberative Interim Support Funding (ISF) process.
  • PIs with Program Project Grants must apply through the Deliberative Interim Support Funding (ISF) process for interim support, and are therefore not eligible for Formulaic Bridge Support Funding.
  • Upon receipt of alternative funding for the research project supported by this award, investigators must notify ECOR and must return the unspent portion of the Formulaic Bridge Funding award.
  • If researchers need additional funds over the base support amount (e.g. >$75,000 for R01s), they must submit a full applications via the Deliberative Interim Support Funding (ISF) process.


Applications are reviewed by ECOR Leadership monthly and confirmation of Formulaic Bridge funding will be sent by email after this review.


The application process requires the following three items to be submitted:

1. Partners Research Proposal Coversheet with original signatures. Please click here to download the form.

2. Status of Project, please include the following:

  • NIH face page from the submitted application.
  • NIH summary statement (pink sheet) with percentile indicated.

3. Written documentation from the NIH (e.g., an e-mail) that the grant will not be funded on the nominal start date.


ECOR is now accepting applications online via the ECOR Online Grant Management Portal. This user-friendly system will allow MGH researchers to submit electronic applications to ECOR. The system has been designed to allow users to:

  • Create a personal profile which will auto populate your future ECOR applications
  • View current calls and apply to open opportunities
  • Save and edit current applications in progress
  • Submit completed applications
  • View all your ECOR applications that have been submitted via the online grants system

Instructions for Applying Online:

1. Create your account: Login using your Partners credentials and fill-out the profile information.

2. Complete the application: once your profile is complete, you will automatically progress through the online application. If you cannot complete the application at one time, “save” the application and return to it at a later time to finish. Before submitting your application, you will have the ability to make changes to the application.

3. Submit your application: once you have completed the application click on the “submit” button at the bottom of the page. Once you submit it, you will not be able to make further changes unless you send a request to ECOR (note that once the deadline passes, request to make changes will not be accepted).

Useful tips:

  • To avoid losing your work, remember to save frequently
  • You can only upload PDF documents
  • If you previously created a profile, please ensure your information is current

Click 'Apply' below to begin the application.


Please submit your questions via e-mail to ECOR.

[1] Requests for funding may be submitted no more than two months before the nominal start date that is listed on the NIH Summary Statement.