Burroughs Wellcome Fund

BWF: Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (WINS Deadline Extended)

Program Summary

This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact.

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.
Areas of particular interest include:
Nominating institutions should note that research on under-funded and under-studied organisms is especially of interest: proposed work in well-funded systems may be viewed as less relevant to the program’s goals.
Institutional Nomination
Award Information
Awards will begin on July 1, 2016.  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).   Grantees may obtain funds from other sources for research in the same or similar areas as that conducted under these awards, so long as there is no conflict with meeting the terms of BWF’s award.  Award recipients may not hold concurrent BWF career development awards.  Please link here for additional information.
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 or standard NIH biosketch; 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) addressing the sponsor's selection criteria:
      1. Candidate’s qualifications and potential to conduct innovative research.
      2. Quality and originality of the proposed research and its potential to advance understanding of fundamental issues of how infectious agents and human hosts interact. Proposals that bring new, solid experimental approaches to under-studied questions will be considered more competitive than proposals that primarily extend work under way.
      3. Demonstration of an established record of independent research.    
    3. 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 Wednesday, October 1, 2014.  The selected nominees will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline by 4:00 p.m., EST on Monday, November 3, 2014.

Proposal Due to OVPRED10/01/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF10/27/2014
Date Due to Sponsor11/03/2014
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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