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Internal Funding Programs
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Internal funding programs are designed to foster excellence in research and creative scholarship at the University of Miami. The Provost's Research Awards provide both salary support and support for direct research costs. The awards are classified into three categories based on discipline: the Max Orovitz Research Awards in the Arts and Humanities, the James W. McLamore Research Awards in Business and the Social Sciences, and the Research Awards in the Natural Sciences and Engineering.
Instructions for the 2014 Provost Research Awards can be found here.
The 2014 Provost's Research Awards application can be found here.

Applications are evaluated based on four criteria:
  • Scholarly, scientific, and/or creative merit.
  • Likelihood the work will lead to major publications or externally reviewed scholarly or creative activity.
  • Prospect the work will result in successful applications for extramural funding.
  • Qualifications, experience, productivity, and promise of the applicant.
Awardees (PDF files):
Medical Faculty
General Research Funds: Each year the Dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine allots general research funds to facilitate programmatic growth in the basic, translational and clinical research arenas. The Internal Awards Committees, made up of the Scientific Awards Committee and Administrative Committee, mimic the NIH funding mechanism.  The Scientific Awards Committee reviews and ranks proposals based on their scientific merit.  The Administrative Committee makes funding decisions for all internal awards at the Miller School.

Dean's NIH Bridge Program: The increased competition for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding has produced lower pay-lines at all of the institutes. These lower pay-lines mean that Miller School faculty will likely need additional application cycles in order to successfully obtain new NIH awards and competitive renewals. These gaps in funding may put research programs at risk, many of which have taken significant resources and years to build. In order to maintain the continuity of our outstanding research programs, a pool of resources is available to sustain research that is competitive for NIH funding. These funds are available for up to one year while new or renewed support is pursued.

  • Eligibility:
    • Applicant must hold a primary faculty appointment at the Miller School of Medicine and have been a principal investigator (PI) on an NIH R-type grant application.
    • Applicant's most recently submitted NIH R-type grant application must not have been funded.
    • Applicant's most recently submitted NIH R-type grant application must have scored within 15% of the pay-line.
    • Any PI incentive program dollars and/or no-cost extension funds must be exhausted.
  • Budget and Award Terms:
    • Following approval of funding for a Dean's Bridge award, the Manager, Research Support will discuss the needs with the PIs to help maintain their research program until extramural funds are received. The Dean's Bridge award does not support faculty salary, travel, and the pruchase of computers or equipment.
    • Dependent upon the amount of award, payments may be distributed in one lump sum, quarterly, or bi-annual payments. Should distribution of funds be quarterly or bi-annual, the PI and relevant Department Chair or Center/Institute Director submit a letter to the Manager, Research Support assuring that other funding has not been obtained in the interim.
    • Funds must be spent in accordance with the submitted budget and any unused funds must be returned.
Click here to download the Dean's Bridge program and application information. For any questions or guidance, please contact Karen Del Rio (
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