The Bridge Project Awards

July 26, 2022

The Bridge Project, a collaboration between MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research (KI) and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) consortium, brings together the expertise of these two organizations to tackle complex translational problems in cancer research. We fund collaborative approaches in translational cancer research led by teams of engineers, cancer scientists, and clinical investigators from these institutions.

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

Key Dates:

09/16/22 by 4pm The deadline for submitting your full proposal is September 16, 2022 by 4pm.

If selected, your team must be able to present (virtually) as a group on the date of the Round II Review, Thursday, January 12, 2023, and send us your presentation file by 5 PM the day before.

01/12/23 Teams that are selected for Round II Review will be notified by December 16, 2023 and invited to present their proposal in front of the Bridge Project Review Committee.


Areas of focus for applications 

Teams may submit proposals focused on any aspect of translational cancer research in any tumor type. Preference will be given to projects addressing significant unmet clinical needs requiring improved or new methods for early detection, more accurate diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, and prevention. A subset of available funding will be awarded with preference for projects focused on drug discovery and development, brain cancer research and/or immunotherapy. We further encourage applications in the Expansion category of award types; such teams may have been funded previously via Traditional or Footbridge awards from the Bridge Project, but this is not required.

Award Information

There are three types of awards:

  • Expansion Bridge Grant provides up to $750,000 (total cost) per team, for 1 year to support the initiation of a clinical trial or a clinical application. 

  • 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.

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 or the Bridge Project Directors:

Related files