Burroughs Wellcome Fund

BWF: Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

Program Summary

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. This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years.

Studies supported by the program may have their roots in pathogen or host biology but the focus of the work should be on the interplay of host and microbe.
While work on AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and microbes of interest for biodefense is allowed, the program emphasizes research that opens up unexplored areas.  Research on under-studied infectious diseases, including pathogenic fungi, protozoan and metazoan diseases, and emerging infections is especially of interest. In addition, excellent animal models of human disease, including work done in veterinary research settings, are within the program’s scope. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. 

Areas of particular interest include:


Institutional Nomination

Award Information

This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years. Grantees must devote at least 75 percent of their time to research-related activities (including those funded by other sources).   No more than $20,000 of the award may be used annually for the grantee’s salary support, including fringe benefits. An institution may supplement the grantee’s salary to a level consistent with its salary scale. There is no limit on use of the award for salary support for other laboratory or clinical personnel working with the grantee. Student tuition and fees are not allowed.

Internal Selection Procedure 

The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Carver College of Medicine have established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominees.  Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria.  Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions.  Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information: 
  1. A two page CV; and
  2. A description of the proposed research.  It should have the following elements:
    1. a cover sheet with the project title, your name, department, and campus address, and the title of the program you are responding to.
    2. a description of the proposed research (no more than five pages in length).  Additional pages may be added for references. 
  3. Please be sure the project is identified on each page and number the pages.
The above materials must be submitted to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2013.  The selected nominees will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Friday, November 1, 2013.


Proposal Due to OVPRED08/30/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF10/25/2013
Date Due to Sponsor11/01/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
Sponsor URL:http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/infectious-diseases/investigators-pathogenesis-infectious-disease

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