NBHRF Bridge Grant

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Requirements Guide

Duplicate Funding
Allowable Expenses
Review and Decision
Application Details
Required Attachments
Application Submission
Final Report


The Bridge Grant Program is designed to build on existing research capacity in New Brunswick by providing support for health researchers who have scored at the fundable level on a recent application to any national funding agency but have not been funded for that application or closely related research.    Back to top of the page


Research supported must be in a field of human health research. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines/categorizes these fields by four pillars: 1 – biomedical, 2 – clinical, 3 – health system services and 4 – population health.    Back to top of the page


This program is subject to availability of funding.
  • The grant may be up to $35,000 for 12 to 18 months. 
  • Applications are accepted at any time, there is no set deadline. However, applications to NBHRF will only be accepted within fifteen months of the date of the original decision notification of the national granting agency.    
  • The principal researcher may only receive funding from the NBHRF Bridge Program twice for the same health research project (i.e.: an application that has been independently peer-reviewed twice by CIHR or another organization, meaning that a third negative review is not eligible for this NBHRF program).  
    NBHRF reserves the right to make the determination of whether or not it is the same project based on the information provided in all relevant applications.Back to top of the page

Duplicate Funding

If an applicant holds a research award from another agency for the same research project, the NBHRF award will be reduced by the amount awarded from the other agency to ensure efficient use of public funds. As well, if Bridge Grant recipients receive a grant or award after they have received a NBHRF grant, the Foundation must be notified. The NBHRF grant may be adjusted accordingly. A Bridge Grant recipient may not decline another previously-offered grant or award in order to accept a NBHRF grant.  Back to top of the page


To be eligible to apply, the applicant must:

  • submit an application to any national funding agency (such as but not limited to CIHR, NSERC, any national charity or international funding agency with a peer review process) for funding under their Operating Grant programs and received a peer-review score. The peer review score must be the equivalent of 3.75 or above; or the equivalent of 3.5 or above and the ranking is in the top 50% of its competition. The original application to the agency and the associated detailed peer-review comments and evaluations must be included in the application to NBHRF as an attachment;
  • present a project that is self-contained and performed within a 12-18 month period;
  • be affiliated with a New Brunswick university, research institution, health service organization, voluntary health agency or non-profit research organization. Please note: students will not be funded as principal investigators; 
  • not hold concurrent funding under this NBHRF Program; and
  • ensure that 100% of the research will be performed in the province of New Brunswick.   Back to top of the page

Allowable Expenses

Allowable expenses are those necessary to carry out the research and not provided through other means. They may include:

  • salary of technicians, research assistants, research associates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows; (individuals funded via NBIF are not eligible);
  • general office expenses and supplies;
  • research equipment (Note: Laptop and desktop computers are not considered allowable expenses unless they are connected to a piece of equipment);
  • reimbursement for use of hospital equipment or personnel for medical procedures;
  • expenses incurred by research subjects to allow them to participate in the research but not honoraria or payments for participation, except in exceptional circumstances;
  • technical advice of an unusually complex nature and/or requiring a considerable time commitment that goes beyond what could be expected in a collegial relationship;
  • field travel for the project;
  • communications and knowledge translation; and
  • travel to scientific events related to the project.     Back to top of the page

Review and Decision

Applications are reviewed to ensure that they:

  • fit with the purpose, scope and requirements of the funding program and
  • fit within a field of human health research as defined in “Scope” above.

Once the application is received, review will begin immediately. Decisions are typically made within two to four weeks from the time of submission.   Decisions also take into consideration factors such as current priorities for the Foundation, availability of funds within the budget of the Foundation, competing applications, application pressure, efficient use of public funds and funding overlap with other sources.  As outlined above in the “Funding” section, NBHRF reserves the right to make the determination of whether or not funding overlap exists.  Back to top of the page

Application Details

Complete the NBHRF online application form (all fields with an asterisk (*) are mandatory). Attach all documents in the appropriate section of the form (either CCV Attachments or Application Details Attachments). Attachments are detailed below.

Grants are made for 12 to 18 months. Unsuccessful applicants may apply again in subsequent years. Individual investigators may not hold concurrent funding under this NBHRF program.

Applicants are expected to re-apply to the relevant national funding agency within 24 months of receipt of NBHRF funds and notify NBHRF of such.   Back to top of the page

Required Attachments
Headings as outlined below are to be included as attachments and page limitations respected.

Attachment #1: Plain Language Project/Program Summary

  • Maximum 1 page. 
  • Page set up and format as outlined below must be followed.*
  • Upload under the section "Application Details Attachments".

Attachment #2: Relevance of Project to Health Research in New Brunswick 

  • Maximum 1 page. 
  • Page set up and format as outlined below must be followed.*
  • Upload under the section "Application Details Attachments".

Attachment #3: Information on and Breakdown of Other Sources of Funding for the Applicant 

  • Include amount, source, and conditions / duration. 
  • Upload under the section "Application Details Attachments".

Attachment #4: Budget breakdown specific to NBHRF funds requested

  • Upload under the section "Application Details Attachments".

Attachment #5: Copy of Applicable National Agency Application, Funding Decision and Peer Review Score and Comments  

  • Submit a copy of the relevant application and its funding decision notification and peer review comments. These documents are to be uploaded as attachments in the Application Details Attachments section of the form using the “Choose Files” button in that section. The funding decision notification and peer review score and comments from the national agency must be available at the time of application.    
  • Upload under the section "Application Details Attachments".

Attachment #6 – Canadian Common CV (CCV)

  • A completed CV must be created (and/or updated) and submitted in the Canadian Common CV system as part of the application process. Using the CV “Funding” option, select “Funding Source NBHRF”, and then select “CV Type NBHRF Template”. The CCV will have to be uploaded as a document through the “Choose Files” button on the application form. Please note that a “Draft” CCV will not be accepted as part of the application. Please ensure that the correct version of the CCV is uploaded in the NBHRF application. A submitted version of the CCV will have a date submitted and a confirmation number at the top of the CCV.   
  • Upload under section “CCV Attachments”.

Attachment #7: Signatures

  • A scanned completed signature page must be attached. 
  • It is important that signatures are obtained BEFORE the application is submitted. After the application is submitted, the applicant will not be able to make changes. The applicant must review the application with each of the primary stakeholders and obtain their signatures. 
  • The signatures required are:

1. Applicant
Enter the applicant's name on the online application.

2. Department
Enter the name of the Dean/Department Head/Manager on the online application.

3. Institution
Please enter the name of the person who has the authority to bind the institution or organization to the general conditions governing grants and awards.

The signature on the pdf signature page must match the “Signature Acquired” name entered on the online application form. Should the applicant realize or be told that they have an incorrect name entered on the pdf for signature, the applicant can strike out the original name, write in the appropriate name on the printed form and have the appropriate person sign. Before submitting the application, however, the applicant must return to the same field in the online application and update the entry to match the name and title of the person who has signed.

  • Your pdf signature attachment must match your online information. 
  • Upload under section "Application Details Attachments".

*Page Set Up and Format for Attachments

Margins:                    ¾” (2 cm)    
Page:                         8.5” x 11” (21.5 x 28 cm) 
Font:                          12 point                                                                                      
Spacing:                   No condensed type or spacing
Line Spacing:          Single-spaced                               Back to top of the page

Application Submission – Please Read Carefully

The applicant must review the application for completeness and accuracy prior to submitting. Applications can not be edited after clicking the “Submit” button.

Prior to submission, all attachments are to be uploaded with the application using the “Choose Files” button in the appropriate section (“Application Details Attachments” or “CCV Attachments”). See above.

Signatures must be obtained prior to submission. To do so, the applicant must follow the steps outlined below:

1. Enter the signatories’ names in the appropriate fields on the online form.
2. Click “Save Draft”.
3. Go to “View”.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
5. Click on “View PDF”
6. Print the pdf document.
7. Logout of the application.
8. Obtain the required signatures on the printed pdf document.
9. Scan the signed document.
10. Log back into the account.
11. Click the "Edit" button for this application on the “Portfolio” page.
12. Click the “Choose Files” button under "Application Details Attachments".
13. Upload the scanned signature page.
14. Click the Signature Acquired boxes.
15. Click “Save Draft”.

Once the application is complete, click “Submit”.

The applicant will receive an e-mail advising that the application has been received, including a file number for future use.    Back to top of the page

Final Report

Grant recipients are required to submit a Final Report within 90 days of the end of the grant duration by completing the NBHRF final report form found by logging into their NBHRF account. The signed financial statement from the institution and a summary report must be attached in the “Final Report Attachments” section.  

All fields of the report form must be completed accurately. If information is missing or incorrect, the report will be rejected and recipients will be instructed to redo it.

The grant recipient will receive an automated email confirming submission of the report. The grant recipient will also receive an email from the NBHRF Program Director indicating whether or not the final report is complete and accepted. If it is not complete, appropriate actions will be arranged.  

Recipients who do not submit a final report or any other required documentation will be ineligible for future NBHRF research funding.   Back to top of the page

NBHRF Bridge Grant online application