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Number of applications UW can put forward: 2 (+ 1: Institutions may have a single additional nomination if they nominate a researcher working in pathogenic helminths, mycology, or reproductive science)

Five-year awards provide $500,000 to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact. 

 

Candidate eligibility and institutional nomination requirements are set out below.  It might also be helpful to review the selection process to fully understand the selection criteria.

 

After reviewing the requirements, take the eligibility quiz to determine whether or not you are eligible to apply for this award.  If you meet the eligibility requirements, the system will allow you to begin an application.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidate eligibility and institutional nomination requirements are set out below.  It might also be helpful to review the selection process to fully understand the selection criteria.

 

After reviewing the requirements, take the eligibility quiz to determine whether or not you are eligible to apply for this award.  If you meet the eligibility requirements, the system will allow you to begin an application.

 

  • Candidates will generally have an M.D., D.V.M., or Ph.D. degree. (References to degrees include all types of medical and scientific doctoral level degrees.) BWF particularly encourages human health-relevant applications from veterinary scientists.
  • Candidates must have an established record of independent research and hold a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or equivalent (at the time of application) at a degree-granting institution. Researchers recently appointed to a faculty position may not have a demonstrated track record sufficient to compete successfully for this award.  Exceedingly few newly appointed assistant professors have sufficient independence.
  • Candidates must be nominated by accredited, degree-granting institutions in the United States or Canada.
  • Applications from non-tenure track investigators in tenure-offering, degree-granting departments or institutions will not be accepted.
  • Applications from institutions or departments that do not offer tenure may or may not be accepted. Please see “Institutional Nomination Guidelines.”
  • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application. Documentation of permanent resident status must be provided with the application. Permanent residents of the United States must provide a copy of their Permanent Resident Card (green card) or a copy of a current passport with an I-551 stamp. Permanent residents of Canada must provide a copy of their Landed Immigrant Status form. Persons who have applied for permanent resident status but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible.
  • Candidates at the appropriate career stage who have held or are currently holding a Burroughs Wellcome Fund award must contact BWF in advance to determine eligibility for this program.

Application Instructions

Please submit a two-page letter of intent with a description of proposed aims and approach, Biosketch of the PI, and a letter of support from the Dean or Chair to research@uw.edu by Thursday, August 29, 2013. This letter of support signifies that the Dean or Chair have ensured that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally. Full proposals are due to the sponsor 11/1/13, and so those materials will need to be in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 10/25/13.

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.

2014

Deadlines
08/29/13 UW Internal Deadline Closed
10/25/13 OSP Deadline
11/01/13 Sponsor Deadline
Sponsor

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Maximum Number of Applications

2 (Institutions may have a single additional nomination if they nominate a researcher working in pathogenic helminths, mycology, or reproductive science)

Eligible groups
  • All campus

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at research@uw.edu.