Office of Research

Career Awards at the Scientific Interface 2014

BWF's Career Awards at the Scientific Interface provide $500,000 to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents.

Prior to 2010, candidates for this award were nominated by North American degree-granting institutions.  Since 2010, eligible candidates for this award may self-nominate by submitting a preproposal.

Eligibility Requirements

Preproposal Application Deadline: September 3, 2013 by 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time


Invited Application Deadline: January 9, 2014 by 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time


Career Awards at the Scientific Interface provide $500,000 over five years to support up to two years of advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of a faculty appointment. The Interfaces in Science Advisory Committee will review all applications, interview finalists, and make recommendations for awards to the BWF Board of Directors.


Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering. Exceptions will be made only if the applicant can demonstrate significant expertise in one of these areas, evidenced by publications, undergraduate major, or masters degree. 
  • Candidates must have completed at least 12 months but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral research by the date of the full invited application deadline. No exceptions to this requirement will be made.
  • Candidates cannot hold nor have accepted, either in writing or verbally, a faculty appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor at the time of application - both preproposal and full application. 
  • Candidates must be committed to a full-time career in research as an independent investigator at a North American degree-granting institution. 
  • Candidates must have at least one first-author publication. 
  • A candidate's primary postdoctoral mentor must hold an appointment at an accredited, degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada. 
  • Candidates must be based at a non-profit institution [501(c)(3) or equivalent] in the U.S. or Canada. 
  • Candidates must not hold nor have accepted a K99 award from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. 
  • Citizens and non-citizen permanent residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible. 
  • Temporary residents of the U.S. are eligible. 
  • Temporary residents of Canada are not eligible. 
  • Candidates with questions about their eligibility must contact BWF in advance of the preproposal application deadline. BWF will make no exceptions to its policies.
  • Candidates may apply from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) or HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus, with the same restrictions listed above. The NIH/Janelia Farm will support these award recipients during the postdoctoral years, and BWF will support them for the faculty portion of the award only, for a total of $360,000.


During the postdoctoral and faculty periods,

  • Grants must be made to non-profit institutions [501(c)(3) or equivalent] in the U.S. or Canada on behalf of the award recipient.
  • Award recipients are required to devote at least 80 percent of their time to research-related activities. 
  • Indirect costs may not be charged against BWF grants.


View the different levels of program support in the postdoc and faculty award information.


Consult this website for a list of frequently asked questions.

Application Instructions

No limit; N/A

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.


08/27/2013 UW Internal Deadline Closed
08/27/2013 OSP Deadline
09/03/2013 Sponsor Deadline

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Funding amount


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