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Per RFA:

Bridging projects may be requested for collaboration enhancement activities (essentially supplements to the ongoing independent work) in the laboratories of the participating investigators. These bridging projects to the laboratories of participating investigators are to add to or bridge the intellectual and technological approaches of the collaborative project. They are not meant to be stand-alone research efforts but are to be subprojects that tie (or enhance the contribution of) the independent work of the participating investigator to the large scale collaborative project.

Bridging projects:

(five page limit for each bridging project for the research plan: specific aims, background and significance, preliminary studies, and research design and methods): Bridging projects will support work in the laboratories of the participating investigators; these are essentially supplements to their ongoing work. For all proposed projects, the underlying rationale and potential impact of the studies should be specifically addressed. The need for the bridging project to tie (or enhance) the independent work of the participating investigator to the goals of the collaborative project must be described. Projects must be described in sufficient detail to permit evaluation through the competitive peer-review process. For each bridging project undertaken as part of the collaborative project, include the following sections: Abstract (one paragraph), Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Studies, Research Design and Methods, Children as Research Subjects, Human Subjects including gender and minority considerations, Vertebrate Animals, and Literature Cited.


The page limit for bridging projects remains at 5 pages (each). However, rather than specifically including the sections mentioned above for bridging projects, the research plan for a bridging project may simply include a combined summary of these sections emphasizing the following: Describe the new research proposed in the bridging project and explain how this work more fully integrates the participating investigator's independently supported work into the large scale collaborative project. A bridging project should extend the participating investigator's independent work in a new direction(s). A bridging project to do more of what the investigator is already doing should be considered only if there are extraordinary circumstances that make it essential for the functioning of the large-scale project. If the participating investigator's work is already closely tied to the large-scale project, a bridging project should not be needed. Subsantial new research projects should not be submitted for bridging projects; these should be submitted as regular R01 applications, even if they add value to the large scale project.

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