Internal Funding Opportunities

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

Following the budget adjustments to this program due to Covid-19 in FY21, we anticipate returning to normal levels of funding and due dates for at least FY22 and likely beyond. The deadline for the first FY22 review of the Internal Grant Program (IGP) and Bridge Support Program (BSP) will be 11:59 pm on November 1st, 2021. Subsequent dates will be announced 5-6 weeks ahead of the deadline, but we anticipate future submission dates of March 1st and July 1st of 2022.

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. Wargo at

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 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 (1-9, 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.
  • For FY22, we anticipate the standard three deadlines (1st Nov, 1st Mar, & 1st July), with first of these deadlines being 11:59 pm on November 1st, 2021.
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.