American Society of Hematology

ASH Bridge Grant Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible for an ASH Bridge Grant?

ASH members in good standing (at the time of application and throughout the application review and award period) who have submitted a hematology-related R01 (or equivalent) application to the NIH in the past 18 months that was scored and not funded are eligible for an ASH Bridge Grant. View full eligibility requirements.

Are ASH International members eligible?

Any ASH International member who has submitted an NIH R01 within 18 months of the application due date and meets other eligibility criteria is eligible for this award. There are no exclusions due to geography.

I was a co-investigator (but not a principal investigator) on an unsuccessful R01 application. Can that application be the underlying R01 for the Bridge Grant?

No. Only R01s on which the Bridge Grant applicant played a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI role can serve as the underlying R01 for the Bridge Grant application.

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Is the 18-month cut-off based on when I submitted my R01/R01-equivalent grant or when it was scored?

The 18-month cut-off is based on when your R01/R01 A1 was reviewed by the study section.

My R01 resubmission was scored but not funded. Can I apply using the resubmission as the basis for my Bridge Grant application?

Yes. ASH will accept either an initial R01 application or a resubmission application as the underlying basis for the Bridge Grant application. All other aspects of the program apply regardless of whether the R01 used as a basis was an initial submission or resubmission. In particular, the R01 application must have been scored, and documentation from the NIH must be provided about the outcome of the R01 application.

I don't have a review of the resubmission. What will I need to submit for the summary statement?

ASH will accept the summary from the original submission.

I submitted a Type 2 (competing continuation) R01 application. Can I use this application as the basis for my Bridge Grant application?

Yes. Type 2 R01s can be used as the basis for a Bridge Grant application. The Type 2 R01 must have been scored, and documentation from the NIH must be provided concerning the outcome of the R01 application.

Should applicants redact scores and percentiles?

Yes. Scores and percentiles are not used during the review of applications. All scores need to be redacted from submitted documents, including the summary statement, two-page response, and letters of recommendation.

ASH requires Bridge Grant applicants to submit "written documentation from the NIH concerning the outcome of the R01 submission." What documentation will meet this requirement?

The goal of such documentation is to assure ASH that the R01 application underlying the Bridge Grant submission will not be funded. The most likely documentation to meet this goal would be a written communication (a copy of an email is sufficient) from the responsible program officer that states your R01 grant was scored but unfunded. Please note that they will not need to include your score or percentile.

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Can the money from ASH be used for indirect costs?

No. The $150,000 from ASH cannot be used for indirect costs. However, half of the $50,000 institutional cost share can be used for indirect costs.

What is the budget supplemental form?

The budget supplemental form is to ensure that the amount of other research funding available to the principal investigator is below the $250,000 funding threshold. It is only viewed by ASH staff as part of your eligibility and is not viewed by the study section.

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Ways to Support Hematology Research

How can I donate to this effort?

You can make a gift online through ASH’s secure donation website.

For information about providing corporate support, please contact ASH Corporate Relations at

I would like to volunteer to help with ASH's efforts to advocate for sustained NIH funding. How can I help?

Join the ASH Grassroots Network to learn more about the Society's advocacy efforts and how you can help.

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