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Bridging Support For Research Faculty


The U-M Office of Research (UMOR) manages the Bridging Support Program for research faculty on the Ann Arbor campus. On the Dearborn and Flint campuses, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is responsible for maintaining an equivalent program.

This Bridging Support Program provides temporary salary and fringe benefit support for research faculty who experience a temporary loss in external (sponsored) funding due to factors beyond their control.  Funding for other research expenses should be sought from other sources.

Evaluation Criteria

Includes, but is not limited to:

  • The quality and significance of the researcher’s work;
  • The researcher’s past experience in obtaining external support for his/her work;
  • The researcher’s potential for obtaining such support in the future;
  • Evidence that the applicant has a grant application which is expected to be funded in the near future (1-6 months) by an external agency;
  • Evidence that the researcher’s work is in keeping with unit and institutional priorities; and
  • A statement by the applicant’s appointing unit as to the applicant’s continued employment.


Research faculty are generally eligible for Bridging Support except when:

  • leaving the University as funds are not intended to cover severance pay or terminal leaves;
  • a tenured instructional track appointment is also held;
  • the research faculty appointment is a 0% (dry) appointment;
  • the research faculty appointment is held in the Institute for Social Research (ISR), as the ISR has a separate bridge funding program.

The support available varies by academic rank and years of service at the University of Michigan as detailed in the table below. 

Years of Service

Funding Eligibility

Research Investigator

Not Eligible


Assistant, Associate & Research Scientist and Research Assistant Professor

Less than 3 years of service

3-5 years of service

5-10 years of service

10+ years of service

Not Eligible

Up to 2 months of salary & benefits

Up to 3 months of salary & benefits

Up to 6 months of salary & benefits

Research Associate Professor and Research Professor

Less than 3 years of service

3 or more years of service

Up to 6 months salary & benefits

Up to 12 months salary & benefits

* Includes all years above the rank of Research Investigator. Research faculty in the above ranks who hold joint research and non-tenured faculty appointments in any faculty track are eligible for bridging on the research appointment. Part-time research faculty in these ranks are eligible for bridging based on their reduced effort if they have met the years of service requirement.  Funding eligibility reflects the maximum amount of support in a five year period.


Submit a budget for the total salary/fringe benefits to cover the lost sponsored funding for the requested bridging period (using the table above).  Lost funding % should be calculated using the average % effort that has been provided by sponsored funds over the last 5 years or duration of time in a bridging eligible title. 

A 1:1 match from the researcher's appointing unit is required.  In addition to the 1:1 match, the appointing unit is required to provide the 5% non-sponsored effort as outlined in the Best Practice Policy for Research Faculty Effort during the bridging period. 


To Be Determined

Notification of funding decisions is typically made within 12 weeks of the program’s deadline.  Late applications received will not be processed until the next deadline for that program. Applicants can facilitate expeditious review by providing complete information and all required signatures.


If the deadline falls on the weekend, it will roll to the next business day (i.e. if the 15th was a Saturday proposals would be due on Monday the 17th).

Yes, per the Best Practice Policy for Research Faculty Effort this program considers lost effort up to a maximum of 95% eligible for bridging. 

No, only years of service in a research faculty title above the title of Research Investigator count towards eligibility.

The eligibility for bridging support renews every five years following the first year of eligibility.  If you are within the five-year block of your last bridging award, but not all funds available (based on appointment and years of service) were previously used, you may be eligible for additional support.

Bridging eligibility years run from 9/1/XX – 8/31/XX. The initial year is based on when the research faculty member first becomes eligible for bridging. Here is an example of how bridging eligibility is determined/tracked.

No, the FGA program is not ending. However, we feel it is a good time to conduct a thorough review of the existing program. Therefore, OVPR is implementing a temporary "pause" of the program following the October 15, 2019 application submission deadline. Our goal is to continue to provide funding for faculty research, scholarship and creative activities in the most effective and efficient manner possible, and in support of the strategic goals of our many schools, colleges, institutes and campuses.

[Updated 5/4/20: UMOR will be continuing the FGA program evaluation announced in fall 2019 and will be incorporating changes based on that evaluation- along with COVID-19 related policies - into the FGA program strating 2020-21.]

An announcement was made at the September 11, 2019 Research Associate Deans meeting. An email communication from Tabbye Chavous was sent to all Research Associate Deans on September 30, 2019.

As in the past, there is no limit in the number of proposals that can be submitted by faculty in a specific unit. The program pause is not intended to reduce funding or funding opportunities, but instead it allows for evaluation of program processes and outcomes in order to enhance the program, and its positive benefits and impacts on faculty research.

No, the Research Faculty Recognition Award and the Research Faculty Achievement Award will not be affected.

Yes, please follow the current FGA guidelines and funding restrictions.

We ask that research administrators inform their faculty about the program pause/evaluation, and share with their faculty their developed procedures for intaking proposals for submission to UMOR.

Yes, each school/college will intake and review proposals prior to sending them to UMOR for funding requests, based on each unit’s own developed process.

Each school/college will have its own process for intaking and reviewing faculty proposals in order to submit funding requests to UMOR. Please contact your school’s/college’s research associate dean or designate for more information.


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