Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease


Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

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Pre-proposal and Application Instructions


The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program provides opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study what happens at the points where the systems of humans and potentially infectious agents connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of these encounters: how colonization, infection, commensalism, and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones.

The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry, stimulating higher risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing understanding of how infectious diseases work and how health is maintained.


The ideal candidate is an accomplished investigator at the mid-to-late assistant professor level with an established record of independent research in a tenure-track position or its well-supported equivalent in non-tenure offering departments. Citizens and non-citizen permanent and temporary residents of the U.S. and Canada who are legally qualified to work in the U.S. or Canada are eligible.

Maximum Project Value


Project Duration

five years

Special Notes

BWF staff will hold a final conference call for applicants who have questions about the program:

Dates:  June 26, 2017

Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Dial in number for all calls: 800-247-5110
Passcode for all calls:  BWF


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Pre-proposal:  PI to submit through pre-proposal submission site.

All applicants will be required to complete a web-based questionnaire assessing their eligibility to apply for this award. If eligibility criteria are met, applicants will be automatically directed to the web-based pre-proposal application.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants review the Request for Pre-proposals (see for more information above) before accessing the eligibility questionnaire.

Frequently Asked Questions

Internal Deadline

If Invited:  PI to submit a copy of application including signature page and a complete OR5 form to: research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

If Invited: Instructions on how to prepare a full research proposal will be provided by email by the sponsor along with the invitation to participate.

For Questions, please contact

Victoria McGovern, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer vmcgovern@bwfund.org, 919-991-5112
Jean Kramarik, Senior Program Associate jkramarik@bwfund.org, 919-991-5122

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Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
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519-824-4120 x52832

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