Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is accepting pre-proposal applications 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, stimulating higher risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the understanding of how infectious diseases work and how health is maintained. Award amount is up to $500,000 over five years. Proposal deadline is July 15.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations has identified the following private funding opportunity: 

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH)
http://www.bwfund.org

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is accepting pre-proposal applications 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 goal of the program is to support research that sheds light on the fundamentals affecting 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. BWF encourages submissions from those working in protozoan and metazoan parasites, protists, and fungi. Viral, bacterial, immune, and multi-species work is likewise encouraged. Work related to malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDs is appropriate for this program. 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. Applications must have approval by an official responsible for sponsored programs and must have a PhD and/or a clinical doctorate (MD, DVM, etc.). Applicants do not need to be US citizens. Indirect costs are not allowed.

Preproposal Deadline: July 15. Invited full proposals will be due November 15. Anticipated announcement of funding decisions will be on May 22, 2017 with award funding beginning on July 1, 2017. Application Guidelines for the award.  

CFR Contact: Angela Nolan, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Academic Affairs, or 919-962-3426. The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. 

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