Bridge Support Program

DEADLINE: Monday May 16, 2022 - 11:59 PM Pacific Time (PT)

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) Bridge Support aims to provide maternal and child health researchers up to 1 year of funding to aid in the continuation of research projects (NIH R01 or NSF, DOD or other equivalent awards) so that progress may be made to obtain renewed or replacement funding.  This funding mechanism is intended to bridge to R01 equivalent grants, or larger NIH grants, i.e. long-term funding mechanism (not R21 to R21).

All projects must be significantly related to the health of expectant mothers and children. The applicant can be any practitioner or scientist who has a focus on, or plans to focus on, maternal or child health research.

Note on Application: Applicants should include their response for the resubmission, showing that they already have the data to respond to the critiques and are ready to submit a revision. See Policy and RFA for full application criteria.

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Forms for Applicants


Awards will be announced four to five weeks after the deadline.  Earliest award start date is the first day of the following month from the issuance of the NOA. The performance period is for no longer than 12 months.

Funding Amount

Total award is up to $100,000 ($50,000 from the MCHRI and $50,000 cost shared from the applicant’s department) for one year. One proposal per applicant is accepted each cycle.

Types of Research

Research must be primarily related to maternal child health. Child refers to the expectant mother, oocyte, zygote, embryo, fetus, infant, child and adolescent.  All areas of research are eligible: basic, translational, clinical research, epidemiology/statistics, informatics, health services, or health policy. 


  • Applicant must hold an appointment at Assistant Professor or above in the following lines within SoM or Stanford University: CE/UML/NTLR/NTLT/UTL.
  • Visiting Scholars are NOT eligible
  •  Only research projects supported (or in progress) by an independent investigator award (NIH R01 or NSF, DOD, or other equivalent award) will be eligible.


Applicants pursuing this funding mechanism typically fall into one of the following categories:

  • Unsuccessful first submission of a competitive renewal.
  • Unsuccessful submission of a new R01 proposal if:
    • New proposal represents replacement funding for a previous NIH funded line of investigation that has run its course; or
    • Applicant  has completed a K08, K23, K12, or K01 grant or an equivalent NIH K grant intended for transition to independence and has received a priority score on the original R01 submission. 
  • Unsuccessful (A1) resubmission of a competitive renewal or a new R01 (as outlined above) will be considered if:
    • Applicant received a strong priority score; and
    • Applicant describes how the summary statement will guide the development of the new application. 

Funding Rates

YEAR # of Applications # of Awards
Funding Rate
Total Awarded
FY 21 2 2 100% $100,000
FY 20  - - - -
FY 19 3 2 67% $100,000
FY 18 4 3 75% $150,000
FY 17 1 0 0% $0
FY 16 1 1 100% $35,000
FY 15 2 1 50% $35,000
FY 14 2 1 50% $35,000
FY 13 - - - -
FY 12 2 0 0% $0
FY 11 1 1 100% $35,000


Visit the Bridge Support Awards page.

Policy Updates

Visit Policy Updates for more information.


Visit Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Please contact MCHRI Administration at or 650-724-0279 with any questions.