Burroughs Wellcome: Career Awards for Medical Scientists


Burroughs Wellcome Fund


The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) is a highly competitive program that provides awards over five years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, 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 not eligible.


Competitive candidates for the CAMS award must have at least two years or more of postdoctoral research experience, be two years away from becoming an independent investigator, be a first author on at least one publication in a high impact top-tier journal, and have a significant.  Candidates must hold an M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., or D.O. degree.  (read eligibility requirements)

Funding Availability


Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Over five years

Special Notes

Eligibility Quiz. 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 grant application

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application/proposal with an OR5 form to research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

How To Apply

PI’s to submit electronically through the BWF website.

Information for Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at lead 5 days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project.  Please be in touch with the ORS (contact information below ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (ie, budget, proposal, OR5 form).

For More Information

For more information, please go to the BWF website. 

For Questions, please contact

Debra J. Holmes, Senior Program Associate

Kendra Tucker, Senior Programs Assistant

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research, Research Support Services
519-824-4120 x52832