Research Bridge Funding

Submission Procedures

The School of Medicine issues requests for bridge funding applications twice per year depending on funding availability from the Chancellor's Office. The announcements usually occur mid-April and mid-October. All bridge funding applications require the Department Chair or his delegate's signature, and must therefore be routed through the Department for chair review and approval like other research proposals.

School of Medicine research bridge proposals should be submitted for review through DOMBO RATS as a "Letter". Staff supporting non-SFGH based divisions should route the submission to Laurae Pearson or her designee for first review. Staff supporting SFGH based divisions should route the submission to Kathy Judd or her designees for first review.

Departmental Commitment and In-Residence Guarantee

  1. The Chancellor and School currently require that the faculty member’s home department fund 1/3 of the total bridge funding award.
  2. So long as the requirement under (1) is in place, Department of Medicine (DOM) policy is to allow Divisions to elect whether that departmental 1/3 share of the bridge funding award will count towards the faculty member’s In-Residence guarantee.
    • The Division’s election on whether to treat that 1/3 departmental share of the bridge funding award as invoking that faculty member’s usage of his/her In-Residence guarantee must be based on a Divisional policy that either (i) requires all Divisional support for bridge funding awards to constitute usage of the In-Residence guarantee, (ii) prohibits invoking the In-Residence guarantee when the Division funds the bridge funding award, or (iii) establishes objective criteria for determining when the Division’s support for the bridge funding award will constitute usage of the faculty member’s In-Residence guarantee.
    • As with all In-Residence guarantees, Divisions must use their reserves to support the entire cost of the departmental 1/3 share of the bridge funding award. If the Division lacks any reserves, then the Division is advised to consult with departmental administration well in advance. At SFGH, the use of City and County of San Francisco funds may be used to support the divisional 1/3 share when appropriate and in consultation with SFGH's departmental leadership.
    • If the 1/3 share constitutes usage of the In-Residence guarantee, the Division’s 1/3 share of the bridge funding award must therefore be used to support the faculty member’s salary. (Please consult in advance with your Academic Affairs generalist if the In-Residence guarantee will be invoked.)
    • Once established, the Division policy must be applied consistently.
  3. Regardless of each Division’s election under (2), the Division will remain responsible for entirely supporting the departmental 1/3 share of the bridge funding award.
Support = In Residence Guarantee Support ≠ In Residence Guarantee Support could = In Residence Guarantee, depending on criteria
Cardiology X5
Endo/Metab X2
Gastroenterology X6
General Internal Medicine X
Geriatrics X
Hem/Onc X
Hospital Medicine X
Infectious Diseases X
Lung Biology Center X
Medical Genetics X
Nephrology X1
Occ & Env Med X3
Prevention Science X
Pulmonary/Allergy/Sleep X
Rheumatology X4
SFGH X
VAMC X7

1. Faculty with previous deficits in their division balance sheet for two years in a row (and who therefore received divisional support) or who had received $100,000 or more of divisional support in any one year will have bridge funding support count towards the In-Residence guarantee.

2, 3, 4. When bridge support is for the faculty member's salary, the divisional support will count towards the In-Residence guarantee.

5. Bridge funding could trigger the In Residence guarantee if the applicant has already received $100k or more of Division support in a one-year period.

6. The objective criteria whether or not to implement the in-residence guarantee includes the respective faculty member's track record and contributions to the division, teaching, leadership, research growth, clinical and/or clinical research, potential for future extramural support, demonstrated effort in seeking extramural support measured based on pre-award submissions, and productivity.

7. The In-Residence guarantee will be invoked when the one-third divisional contribution is from VA FTE funds that are unfettered by additional clinical responsibilities. If non-VA funds are used, the Section Chief, in consultation with the Vice Chair, will have the discretion of how the non-VA funds are used and whether or not the In Residence guarantee is invoked.