BRIDG Eligibility Criteria and Duration of Support

The BRIDG T90/R90 program will provide support to Trainees (T90) and Participants (R90) actively engaged in research-training activities. The BRIDG collaborative implementation team (CIT) will select and appoint individuals to each of the program components as follows: T90 Trainees – these are individuals appointed to the T90 component of the program and who receive a stipend following NRSA policy guidelines; and R90 Participants – these are individuals appointed to the R90 component of the program and who receive salary commensurate with their active participation in this component of the research-training program. Salary rates must be established using institutional policies for individuals in similar positions, regardless of the source of funds, and their level should be comparable to the stipend levels defined in the NRSA policy guidelines.

Citizenship:  In brief, Trainees (T90) and Participants (R90) must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals or permanent residents of the United States.

Academic Degree/Credentials: The research-training program is aimed at the postdoctoral level only. Documentation by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution certifying all degree requirements have been met prior to the beginning date of the training appointment is acceptable.

Eligible doctoral degrees for the T90 program include the following: ND, DAOM, DC, DPT and DO.

Eligible doctoral degrees for the R90 program include, but are not limited to, the following:DMD, DO, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, DrPH, DNSc, DPT, PharmD, DSW, PsyD, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research.

Funds must be used to support a program of full-time research training. Within the full-time training period, research Trainees/Participants who are also training as clinicians must devote their time to the proposed research training and must confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of the research training experience. The program may not be used to support studies leading to the MD, DDS, or other clinical, health-professional training except when those studies are part of a formal, combined research degree program, such as the MD/PhD. Similarly, Trainees/Participants may not accept stipend (T90) or salary (R90) support for clinical training that is part of residency training leading to clinical certification in a medical or dental specialty or subspecialty. It is permissible and encouraged, however, for clinicians to engage in T90 or R90 full-time postdoctoral research training even when that experience is creditable toward certification by a clinical specialty or subspecialty board.

No individual may receive more than three years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of Kirschstein-NRSA support from institutional research training grants, i.e., T32, and individual fellowships (i.e., F32 and K-awards). Any exception to the maximum period of support requires a waiver from the NIH awarding Institute or Center based on review of a justification from the individual and sponsoring institution.

Training Appointment Duration: Appointments should be at least one year in length. Trainees and Participants may be reappointed for up to two additional years (on either T90 or R90 component or combined).