Bridge Award in Liver Diseases

Application Deadline
Award Amount
Award Term
One year
Award Type
Basic Science Research
Clinical / Translational / Outcomes Research
Career Level
Mid-Career Faculty
Junior Faculty

View the 2024 Request for Applications [PDF].

The Bridge Award in Liver Diseases program accepts applications two times each year (November and January).


The AASLD Foundation Bridge Award supports investigators who have recently submitted an NIH R or other federally funded equivalent award and have received competitive scores on their proposal, but were not funded, as they strengthen their proposal for resubmission to the NIH or other federal agency.

Notice of Special Interest

Additional dedicated funding to advance research activities in autoimmune hepatitis is available for the 2024 Awards cycle. Applications in autoimmune hepatitis are encouraged in all early to mid-career research award categories and the Pilot and Autoimmune Exploratory Research Award categories.

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In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. The applicant must:
    • Have a faculty appointment at or below the rank of Associate Professor.
    • Be a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) at the time of award application and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period.
    • Be able to devote at least 20% effort to the research project on which this application is based.
    • Be sponsored by a public or private non-profit institution accredited in the United States, Canada or Mexico engaged in health care and health-related research. Individuals employed at the NIH, FDA, and CDC are not eligible to apply.
    • Have submitted their highly scored NIH R or other federal equivalent application within the last 18 months as of the application deadline (eligibility window starts on the date your application was reviewed by the NIH/federal equivalent study section). The applicant must be able to provide their Summary Statements and their submitted award materials on Standard Forms SF424 (R&R).
    • Not currently hold a federally funded non-mentored grant (e.g., R01, P01, VA Merit) and not hold such a grant during the award period.
    • Not hold other significant extramural mentored or non-mentored research funding (greater than $50,000) during the award period. Institutional funding and/or pilot research funding may be held during the award term. 
  2. The proposed project must: 
    • Be conducted at the sponsoring institution within the United States, Canada or Mexico.
  3. Application limits:
    • There is no restriction on the number of applicants an institution can sponsor each cycle, but only one applicant may be funded per distinct department within each institution in this award category.
    • Applicants may only apply for one AASLD Foundation research award per calendar year.   


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The 2024 Bridge Award in Liver Diseases program is made possible through independent grants and unrestricted donations from AASLD and donors to the AASLD Foundation.