The Bridge Project 2020 Cycle RFA

September 05, 2019

The Bridge Project is seeking team applications for the annual round of Bridge Project funding, for new projects to commence in March, 2020. Teams must be composed of at least one Principal Investigator from DF/HCC and at least one Principal Investigator from the Koch Institute at MIT (or MIT faculty member).

The following is a summary; download the full RFA in the 'Related Files' at the bottom.

Key Dates:

10/8/19 A letter of intent (a simple email to that includes the project title, names of the PIs and their affiliations, type of award you are applying for (Traditional, Footbridge, or Expansion) and a brief description of the project, is due by October 8, 2019.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We ask for the notification simply to help us anticipate the number of proposals and the number of reviewers we will need. You will not receive an invitation to submit a full proposal. All should prepare a full proposal. 
by 5pm
The deadline for submitting your full proposal is October 23, 2019 by 5pm.  
12/2/19 Teams will be notified by December 2 if they were selected as finalists and need to prepare a presentation.
1/21/20 In Person Presentations / Round II Review, at which finalists (top ranked teams) present as a team, will take place on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, between 11 am and 5 pm. All team members must be available that day for an in-person interview. If your team cannot make this date, or have restrictions time-wise, please let us know when you submit your letter of intent. A team presentation with the entire team is required for consideration. 

Areas of Focus for Applications

Teams may submit proposals focused on any aspect of translational cancer research, for all cancer types). Preference will be given to projects addressing high unmet medical needs requiring improved or new methods for early detection, more accurate diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, and prevention.

Award Information

There are three types of awards:

  • Traditional Bridge Grant provides $400,000 (total cost) per team per year, for 2 years ($800,000 total). Renewal at the end of the Year 1 is contingent upon satisfactory scientific review of progress.
  • Footbridge Grant provides $200,000 (total cost) per team per year, for 1 year. Footbridge grants allow newly formed teams to strengthen future Bridge Project applications and obtain necessary preliminary data or proof of concept, while forming connections to become a “true” team.
  • Expansion Bridge Grant provides up to $750,000 (total cost) per team, for 1 year to support the initiation of a Phase I clinical trial or a clinical application.

Important Notes:

  • Full applications should be submitted electronically to:
  • Download the full RFA in the 'Related Files' at the bottom for more information.
  • As a reminder, all DF/HCC members are eligible to apply for these grants.

Please refer questions to Debbie Goff (

Related files