BWF Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Program – BU internal deadline September 9, 2014

Limited Submission Opportunity: Burroughs Wellcome Fund Program for Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has announced its Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease funding program.  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.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: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. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Cell/Pathogen interactions—studies of host responses at the cell surface, cell signaling in response to infection, microbial persistence in host cells, and other work.
  • Host/Pathogen interactions—studies of how host genetics influences resistance and susceptibility to infection, innate and adaptive immune responses to microbes, pathogen modulation of the immune system, and other work.
  • Novel routes to disease causation—studies of the role of infectious agents in the etiology of chronic, autoimmune, and immunologic diseases, and other work.

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates must be nominated by accredited, degree-granting institutions in the United States or Canada. A U.S. or Canadian institution, including its medical school, graduate schools, and all affiliated hospitals and research institutes, may nominate up to two candidates. However, institutions that nominate a candidate who holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) will be allowed three nominations.  Institutions may have a single additional nomination if they nominate a researcher working in pathogenic helminthes, mycology, or reproductive science. Institutions may have one additional nomination if they nominate a member of an underrepresented minority group.

Candidates will generally have an M.D., D.V.M., or Ph.D. degree and must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application. Candidates must have an established record of independent research and hold a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or equivalent at the time of application.

FUNDING INFORMATIONThis award provides $500,000 over a period of five years. No more than $20,000 of the award may be used annually for the grantee’s salary support, including fringe benefits. Indirect costs may not be charged against the award. Grantees must devote at least 75 percent of their time to research-related activities.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Jean Kramarik, Senior Program Associate
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
21 T. W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-991-5122
Email: jkramarik@bwfund.org
Web:   http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/infectious-diseases/investigators-pathogenesis-infectious-disease

DEADLINES:
BU Internal Deadline: September 9, 2014
Nomination Deadline: November 3, 2014

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS:  Boston University may nominate two candidates for the award.  An internal review committee will select the final nominees.  If you would like to apply, please send the following documents, combined into single pdf file, to Diana Lehman (dlehman@bu.edu) by September 9, 2014:  

  •  A one-page summary of your research
  •  A letter from your research mentor or departmental chair
  •  Your email address and your mentor’s email address
  •  The exact date of your first faculty appointment
  •  Your CV