Internal Funding Opportunities

Gordon L. Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research, and Michael Toth, Ph.D., Chair of the Research Committee, call your attention to the following internal funding opportunities.

Application forms, instructions and additional guidelines are available below. Please read the guidelines and instructions carefully, and address questions concerning the suitability of proposed projects or budgetary items to Dr. Toth at

Health Services Research Pilot Grant Awards

A research funding opportunity targeting health services research is now available, with supporting funds from the strategic investment by the Larner College of Medicine in research focused towards the following areas: healthcare delivery models, chronic disease prevention and management, organization and financing of healthcare, integrated healthcare information systems, health policies or other health services domains.

A maximum of two $50,000 grants will be awarded for this grant cycle if there are suitable meritorious proposals with appropriate matching commitment of funds at $25,000 each from the associated department or center. The budget period for the funding cycle will begin July 1 and will run for one calendar year.

The application deadline for 2017 was May 1. The deadline for new award applications is still TBD.  All applications will be subject to competitive review, with major consideration given to the ability of the proposed studies, if successful, to lead to competitive extramural grant applications. An ad hoc faculty review committee with expertise in health services research will be selected by the Senior Associate Dean for Research to review these proposals.

  • Guidelines and Application (Word, PDF)

Internal Grant Program (IGP) Matching Fund Program

IGP monies are intended to support research studies by College of Medicine faculty aimed specifically at collecting preliminary data for extramural grant applications.

Matching Fund Program: This new program provides 2-to-1 matching funds for all departmental support up to $75,000 ($25,000 departmental contribution). In all cases, principal investigators should first approach their department chairs or unit leaders (research center, etc.) for matching fund commitments. The cap for IGPs without departmental support is $15,000. All full-time (75% FTE or greater) College of Medicine faculty members are eligible to request research support from the IPG funds. Download the Internal Grant form for detailed guidelines and application.

Bridge Support Program (BSP)

These funds are intended to support all full-time, College of Medicine faculty (75% FTE or greater) who, for one reason or another, currently, or will in the near term (within 6 months), find themselves temporarily without extramural funding for research. Funding is available to faculty members with previous support though individual grants as well as through components of multi-investigator grants. Download the Internal Grant form for detailed guidelines and application.

Program Details

Internal Grant/Bridge Support Program Forms

IMPORTANT Notes on the review process:
  • Applications will be reviewed by the College of Medicine Research Committee; two reviewers will act as primary reviewers, and in rare cases an external reviewer may be asked to comment. Accordingly, all submissions should be written in a language that is understandable to scientists who are not experts in the applicant's field of study.
  • Each application will be scored by the entire committee using the NIH system (10-90, plus "unscored"); the Chair of the Committee reports the scores to the Senior Associate Dean for Research, who, along with the Dean, makes final funding decisions.
  • Applications are accepted three times annually, per normal funding cycles (November, March, and July).
Progress Report

All recipients of IGP/BSP funds are requested to submit a 1-2 page progress report 1 year after start-date. Funds will be available for a total period of 2 years with availability of funds for the second year contingent on appropriate progress reporting.