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Application Deadline: Cycle I is October 5, 2019 | Cycle II is January 15, 2020
Award Amount: $100,000
Award Term: One year
Award Type: Bridge funding (R or equivalent)
Career Level: Faculty appointment at or below Associate Professor
Download the application [PDF]

Applications for Cycle II for this award are no longer being accepted.


The AASLD Foundation Bridge Award supports investigators who have recently submitted an NIH R or other federally-funded equivalent award and have received competitive scores on their proposal, but were not funded, as they strengthen their proposal for resubmission to the NIH or other federal agency. Applicant must not have other federal funding or significant institutional bridge funding (greater than $25,000, excluding PI salary support).

Applications in this category may be eligible for special funding. View the RFA. [PDF]


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  • Applicant must have a faculty appointment at or below the rank of Associate Professor.
  • If funded, at least 20% effort will be devoted to the research project on which this application is based.
  • The applicant must be a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) at the time of award application and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period.
  • Applicant must be sponsored by a public or private, non-profit institution accredited in the United States, Canada or Mexico engaged in health care and health-related research. The funded research project must be conducted at the sponsoring institution within the United States, Canada or Mexico.
  • Applicant must have submitted their highly scored NIH R or other federal equivalent application within the last 12 months as of the application deadline. The applicant must be able to provide their Summary Statements and their submitted award materials on Standard Forms SF424 (R&R).
  • Applicant does not currently hold other similar research awards. Applicants who hold other research awards (including but not limited to NIH K or R funding; VA Merit Review Grant or Career Development Award; AGA Research Scholar Award; Glaxo Institute of Digestive Health Award; American Liver Foundation Liver Scholar Award, etc.) during the award period are not eligible.
  • Applicant may only apply for one (1) AASLD Foundation (AASLDF) award per application cycle.

Award Details

Award Period:
Cycle I: February 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Cycle II: May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021

Awards of $100,000 will be provided over one year. Funds may only be used for salary support (PI salary support limited to $20,000) or for technical support/laboratory supplies (excluding capital equipment) for the recipient. No indirect costs are provided. It is expected that additional funds are available to the investigator in order to carry out the proposed research.

Awards cannot be transferred to another institution without prior written approval from AASLD Foundation. Recipients must acknowledge the award in all publications (abstracts, manuscripts, or other documents) resulting from research performed during the tenure of this award.

This grant is intended as bridge support. If the application is funded by the NIH/equivalent during the AASLD Foundation Bridge Award period, the applicant must notify AASLD Foundation and any unspent funds at the start of the other award must be returned to AASLD Foundation.

Progress/Financial Reports

Scientific progress and financial reports must be sent to the AASLD Foundation at the end of the first award year and within 60 days of completion of the award. Funding of the second year of the award is contingent upon receipt of first year reports.

The Liver Meeting®

The award recipient is strongly encouraged to both attend and present their work at The Liver Meeting®.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based upon their background, their priority score and summary statement critique, and their strategy to address comments in the critique/summary statement. Priority will be given to those seeking their first R01 award.

Applications will be reviewed based on the written materials submitted. Incomplete applications and applications that fail to adhere strictly to the instructions (including the submission deadline and page limitations) will not be reviewed. All decisions are final.

Submission Instructions

The application deadline for this award is 11:59 pm ET, October 5, 2019 (Cycle I) or 11:59 pm ET, January 15, 2020 (Cycle II). Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Applications will be accepted online starting on September 1, 2019. You will be sent an email confirmation that the PDF was received. If an email confirmation is not received in 2 business days, contact to confirm receipt.

To prepare your application:

  1. Download the application [PDF]
  2. Use the forms provided in the application package as cover pages. Print or type responses.
  3. Include only the required documents and provide signatures as requested.
  4. Put your name (last name, first name) and the name of the award in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
  5. Use half-inch margins. Do not use lettering smaller than 10 point.
  6. Assemble the application package in the order listed in the Required Documents section of this application.
  7. Adhere to page limits and complete all sections.
  8. The completed application, letters of support or commitment, and other documents as applicable must be combined into and submitted as one PDF document. Name the PDF file as follows: 2020 Bridge – Last name, First Name (Example: 2020 Bridge – Smith, Jane)