NINDS, like other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is taking steps to support investigators whose R01 applications receive review scores near the nominal payline. The NIH Director’s Bridge Awards (NDBA) provide continued but limited funding for new and established grantees who have submitted a competing renewal grant application that describes a highly meritorious project but has fallen below the normal funding payline. The awards provide one year of additional support to give principal investigators time to continue their research while strengthening their resubmission applications.
Investigators may be nominated for the awards by program directors. Awards will be selected based on the scientifically creative and innovative approaches that meet the NINDS mission.