Research Management Group (RMG)

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

**$500K funding opportunity for assistant professors with UTL and MCL faculty appointments with established record of independent research.**

REVISED eligibility: the sponsor has just deleted the requirement that applicants should have been a faculty member for 36 months or more as of July 15th, 2015. The message from BWF indicated, “We have received feedback that for those researchers who achieve true independence early, three years is a long time to wait. We agree, and have re-opened the program to all assistant professors [our UTL/MCL] who are qualified for the program."

Unlimited #’s of pre-applications* are permitted.
*Special note: effective this year, individuals may self-nominate. An internal selection process is no longer required.

Amount of Funding:
$500,000 over a period of five years ($100,000 per year).

(please read Stanford eligibility clarification below first)
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Institutional representative “signing official” (RPM) deadline: July 8, 2015*
Pre-proposal deadline: July 15, 2015, 4 p.m. EDT
Invitation to submit a full proposal to be sent mid-September
Institutional representative (RPM/RMG or OSR) deadline: Oct. 29, 2015
Full proposals (by invitation only): Nov. 5, 2015

*Institutional representatives:
The sponsor requires “signing official” signature on the pre-application so you must submit your pre-applications to your RPM in RMG or OSR by July 8th. If invited to submit a full proposal, you must submit your completed PDRF form and full application materials to your RPM by Oct. 29th.

Eligibility (REVISED)


Five-year awards provide $500,000 for opportunities for accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases.

The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study what happens at the points where the systems of humans and potentially infectious agents connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of these encounters: how colonization, infection, commensalism and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones.

PATH is a highly competitive award program that 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 infectious agents and their hosts, shedding light on how both 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 understanding of how infectious diseases work and how health is maintained.


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