NBHRF Bridge Grant

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Requirements Guide

The NBHRF Bridge Grant Program is intended to sustain existing research capacity and to provide continuous support for health researchers in New Brunswick that have not obtained funding at any national level competition but have scored at the fundable level.

Research supported must be in a field of human health research, defined broadly as encompassing biomedical science, clinical research, health services and systems research, and research on the cultural, social, and environmental determinants of population health.  


The program is offered annually, subject to availability of funding. The grant:

·         may be up to $35,000 for 12 to 18 months

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 will be adjusted accordingly. A Bridge Grant recipient may not decline another previously-offered grant or award in order to accept a NBHRF grant.


To be eligible to apply, the investigator must:

·         Submit an application to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) or any other national funding agency (i.e. NSERC, any nationally charity with a peer reviewed process) for funding under their Operating Grant Awards.   Once the application has been through the peer review process and scored the equivalent of 3.75 or above (for example, in a ranking system the application must have been ranked in the top one third of the number of applications received), the investigator must submit the application to NBHRF for consideration.   The original application to the agency and all agency peer review comments and evaluations must be submitted to NBHRF through the online application process.

·         Present a project that is self-contained and conducted 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.

·         Be a New Brunswick resident, applying through a New Brunswick Institution. 100% of the research must be performed in the province of New Brunswick.

·         Applications to NBHRF will be accepted within fifteen months of the date of the original decision notification of the national granting agency.

Application Instructions at a Glance
The checklist below shows the steps an applicant will need to follow to submit an online application to NBHRF for the NBHRF Bridge Grant competition:

·         Complete an updated online Common CV using the template entitled "NBHRF Template".

·         Complete the online application form (including all fields with an asterisk (*) if the required fields are not filled out your application will not be processed for review) and prepare all required attachment documents including a scanned completed signature page.

·         Submit online application with all attachments

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

·         research assistants, technicians, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows;

·         general office expenses and supplies;

·         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;

·         research equipment;  Note: laptop or desktop computers are not an allowable expense

·         field travel for the project;

·         communications and knowledge translation; and

·         travel to scientific events related to the project.

Applications are reviewed to ensure that they:

·         Fit with the general purpose and requirements of the funding program and reflect the mandated initiatives of the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation

Requirements for NBHRF Bridge Grant Applications

·         Investigators must have obtained peer review comments and scored equivalent 3.75 or above prior to submitting this application

·         Grant applications must be completed & submitted online through the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation website. No additional documents will be accepted prior to or after submission.

·         Completion and submission of a Canadian Common CV using the template entitled "NBHRF Template" for the investigator and any co-investigators is required. It must be downloaded from the Common CV website and then uploaded as an attachment to the NBHRF application using the “Choose Files”  button on the online application form. Each CV must be uploaded separately.

·         The electronic signature page document (obtained by scanning the paper copy after signatures have been obtained) must be uploaded separately as an attachment using the " Choose Files " button on the application form and named “signature page”.  There is no need to submit the paper copy of the signature page; the electronic scanned version will be sufficient.

·         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.

·         Investigators are expected to re-apply to the relevant national funding agency within 24 months of receipt of NBHRF funds and notify NBHRF of such.

Please ensure that your application is complete (including all fields with an asterisk (*), Short Abstract and required signatures) and submitted on time to NBHRF. Failure to do so will result in an invalid application that will not be eligible for consideration. Once the application is received, review begins immediately.  Decisions are typically made within six to eight weeks from the time of submission, and there is no deadline for this application.

The complete application must be submitted via the online process (Before submitting the online application return to this section and ensure all these documents are uploaded in your online form)

  *Page Setup and Format for Attachments

 Margins:         ¾" (2 cm)
  Page:             8.5" x 11.0" (21.5 x 28.0 cm)
  Font:              12 point
  Spacing:          No condensed type or spacing
  Line Spacing:  Single-spaced Headings as outlined below are to be included and page limitations respected. 

·         Attachment 1 *Plain Language Project Summary (maximum 1 page) (see above for formatting) 

·         Attachment 2 *Relevance of Project to Health Research in New Brunswick   (maximum 1 page) ((see above for formatting) 

·         Attachment 3 Information on and Breakdown of Other Sources of Funding for the Project   (Amount, Source, Conditions)

·         Attachment 4 Budget breakdown specific to NBHRF funds requested

·         Attachment 5 Copy of Applicable National Agency Application, Notice of Recommendation and Comments from the Peer Review.  Submit a copy of the relevant application together with its notice of recommendation or funding decision notification and peer review comments.  

·         Attachment 6 Common CV  A completed Common CV must be created (and/or updated) by the Principal Investigator and any Co-Investigators in the Canadian Common CV system as part of the NBHRF Bridge Grant application process. Using the CV Funding option, select Funding Source NBHRF, and then select CV Type NBHRF Template. You will have to upload your CCV as a document through the “Choose Files” button on your application. Please note that a “Draft” CCV will not be accepted as part of your application.  Please ensure that you upload the correct version of your CCV in your NBHRF application. 

·         Attachment 7 Signatures A scanned completed signature page. 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 and have them sign the "Institution (To be signed by Authorized Official)" box.

​These will have to be uploaded as documents through the “Choose Files” button on the application form.

Application SubmissioRead Carefully

Ensure you review the application for completeness and accuracy prior to submitting as you will not have access for editing after you click the submit button.

Ensure that all attachments (files) (see above) are uploaded with your application using the “Choose Files” button prior to submission.

DO NOT submit your application prior to receiving the appropriate signatures. The signature information is the last section of the application. Once entered ensure to “Save Draft”.  Print your PDF (go to View scroll to the bottom of the page and click on View PDF).  You may logout of the application at this time. Your information will be saved because you clicked “Save Draft”. Obtain the required signatures on the page, scan it and log back into your account.  Click the "Edit" button on your Portfolio page. Click the “Choose Files” button under "Application Details Attachments" and upload the scanned signature page. Click the Signature Acquired boxes.

It is important that you obtain signatures BEFORE you submit this application. After you perform the Final Submit, you will not be able to make changes. You must review your application with each of the primary stakeholders and obtain their signatures. The signature on the pdf signature page must match the Signature Acquired name entered on the online application. (Example: You realized (or been told) that you have an incorrect name entered on your pdf for signature; you can strike out the original name and write in the appropriate name on your pdf form, and get the appropriate person to sign, HOWEVER, before submitting your application, you must return to that field in your online application and change the entry to the same name and title of the person who has signed.

If you are finished your application, click "Submit", if you wish to make any other changes or additions, click "Save Draft" and make those changes.  You will receive an e-mail advising that your application has been received.  In the e-mail you will also be given a unique application number.  Please ensure that you record this number for future reference.

Final Report

Grant Recipients are required to submit a Final Report within 90 days of the project end date by completing the NBHRF final report form found by logging into your NBHRF account.The Financial Statement for the award from the institution's financial office must be attached as an " NBHRF Attachment".

If the project has been funded by a national agency, a copy of the agency's final report must also be included with the final report submission.


NBHRF Bridge Grant online application