Interim Funding Program for Tenure Track Faculty

The interim funding program is accepting proposals from tenure track faculty. This is an opportunity for investigators and their respective chairpersons to secure bridge funding during a hiatus in research support. The program will match new departmental support on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to a maximum of $25,000 (i.e. $50,000 in total to the awardee). The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2012. The anticipated date of award is July 30, 2012.
 This program is intended for University of Rochester Medical Center tenure track faculty only

Requirements for Submission

  • Summary statement from NIH or review summary from other granting agency
  • Summary sheet from NIH, or any previously submitted proposals, or any comments or other information that would assist in the review process
  • Scores and/or adjectival evaluations
  • A copy of the abstract and Introduction to Revised/Re-submission application, if applicable
  • A brief research plan of the interim period
  • NIH-style biosketch with current and pending support included
  • A plan/timeline for how the PI expects to pursue funding, and a schedule of dates for pursuit of re-submission 
  • A short cover letter, which should include time and effort for any other currently available sources of research support for the PI (and co-PI). Since it is expected that the PI will discuss any request for interim funding with his/her chair/center director prior to submission, a written confirmation of this discussion should be included in the cover letter.

Notes for NIH Post-Submission

If the request for interim funding is to obtain additional data to respond to prior reviewer's concerns, and you have a currently pending re-submission, please note that there are new rules regarding NIH post-submission permissible items. NIH considers the following items unacceptable 

  • Updates to Specific Aims or Research Strategy pages
  • Inclusion of late-breaking research findings
  • Inclusion of new letters of support or collaboration that do not result from a change in senior/key personnel due to the hiring, replacement, or loss of an investigator.*

*Exceptions: For applications submitted in response to Requests for Applications (RFAs), new letters of support or collaboration will be allowed.

For further information about acceptable and unacceptable NIH post-submission material, please refer to the following link:

While there is a strong desire to re-submit as soon as possible, it may be a wiser strategy to delay re-submission in order to include the additional data that the interim funding would provide.

Interim Funding Budget Guidelines

Interim funding is not intended to fund faculty salary. Interim funding is expected to be utilized within a period of 12 months or less. The maximum amount of funds available through the interim funding program is $25,000. It is anticipated that your department will match the dollars awarded. The Senior Associate Deans for Basic and Clinical Research will work with department chairs in this respect. Budget requests can include technical salary and fringe benefits, supplies, animal costs, and core facility expenses. Student stipends and fees will not normally be supported, since other mechanisms exist to support student stipends.

A detailed budget must be supplied.

Residual interim funds will be returned should external funding be achieved during the interim period of support.

Sample Budget

PostDoc/RAP (Name, % Effort)   
Laboratory Technician (Name and % Effort)   
Total Salaries   
Fringe Benefits    
Animal Costs   
Total Costs  

Please submit your proposal as one pdf file that includes all of the above information.  All questions and materials should be directed to Anne Reed, Microbiology and Immunology, Box 672,


NIH Funding Acknowledgement ** Important ** All publications resulting from the utilization of CTSI resources are required to credit the CTSI grant by including the NIH FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.