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UPDATE: The sponsor is currently reassessing its guidelines and will post them on or before 7/1/14. In light of this, we are retracting the announcement below and will re-announce once the new guidelines have been posted here:


The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) program supports $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research.  Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible. Awards are made to degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada on behalf of the awardee.


The CAMS program is the result of the reformulation of the Career Awards in the Biomedical Sciences (CABS), which was instituted by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) in 1995 and ran through the 2006 award year.


In response to the NIH’s K99/R00 Pathway to Independence program, which was modeled after the CABS award, BWF has shifted the focus of the CABS program to address an on-going problem.  By increasing the number of physician scientists and keeping them in research, BWF believes that this bridging award, supporting the last year(s) of a mentored position in addition to supporting the beginning years of an independent position, will facilitate the transition to a career in research and buy time from service commitments.

Eligibility Requirements

The ideal candidate will be two years away from becoming an independent investigator, have at least two years or more of postdoctoral research experience, and have a significant publication record.


Candidates must be nominated by their dean or department chair at the degree-granting institution where they will conduct the postdoctoral/fellowship training under the award.  Applications must be approved by an official responsible for sponsored programs (generally from the grants office, office of research, or office of sponsored programs) at the degree-granting institution.  Candidates should contact one of these offices for information about the nominating process at the institution.


  • Candidates must hold an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degree.
  • Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible.
  • BWF encourages nominations from candidates who work in reproductive science.
  • Candidates must be a fellow, resident,  or a postdoctoral researcher and have at least two years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application.
  • Candidates must not be more than 10 years past their most recent earned doctorate degree.  No exceptions will be made.
  • Candidates with a clinical degree not awarded in the U.S. or Canada must be fully licensed to practice in the U.S. or Canada or have completed a residency in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Candidates who hold a junior faculty appointment (Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant Professor-non tenure track, etc.) may be eligible if they have been in a faculty position for two years or less at the time of application.  To meet this requirement, the appointment must have begun no earlier than July 1, 2011.
  • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application.  Persons who have applied for permanent resident status but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible.
  • Candidates must be nominated by accredited, degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Candidates must be committed to a full-time career in research as an independent investigator at a North American degree-granting institution.
  • Candidates with tenure-track appointments as an Instructor or Assistant Professor at the time of application are not eligible.
  • Candidates that have faculty appointments with institutional start-up funds or hold an R01 grant from the NIH are not eligible.

Application Instructions

Please submit a two-page letter of intent with a list of all anticipated investigators, description of proposed aims and approach, Biosketch of the PI, and a letter of support from the Dean or Chair to by 5:00 PM Thursday, June 26, 2014. Full proposals are due to the sponsor on 10/1/14, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 9/24/14 for processing, if given the go ahead by the Proposal Review Committee.

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.


08/21/14 UW Internal Deadline Open
09/24/14 OSP Deadline
10/01/14 Sponsor Deadline

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Funding amount


Maximum Number of Applications


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