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Burroughs Wellcome Fund

I am pleased to invite you to submit nominations for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award program. As an institution, we may nominate up to two (2) candidates. The Foundation may consider additional nominations from the University for proposals from minority applicants, veterinarians and/or investigators researching pathogenic helminths, mycology, or reproductive science. Nominations will be reviewed by an internal committee convened to select the most promising nominees to represent Drexel University. 

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. 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.

Most successful applicants are at or well past their third complete year as an Assistant Professor.  Researchers recently appointed to a faculty position may not have a demonstrated track record sufficient to compete successfully for this award. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application. BWF expects that the institution will tangibly demonstrate its commitment to support each candidate it nominates, including the protection of 75 percent of the grantee’s time for research.

The full announcement including eligibility requirements may be found on the Burroughs Wellcome Fund website.

For those interested in applying, we require the following for our internal competition:

  • A title page
  • A biosketch using the BWF form
  • A research plan of no more than 2 pages, single spaced, no smaller than Arial 11 point.  References do not count toward the 2 page limit.
  • Links to no more than 3 of your publications.  Applicants with significant pending manuscripts may include a copy, but the total publication list must not exceed 3.
  • Letter from Dean or Department Head documenting the protection of at least 75% time to conduct funded research.

Application documents should be submitted as a single pdf, with the exception of manuscripts, which may be a separate pdf. All documents must have applicant’s name in the title and be emailed to, no later than 5 p.m., September 19, 2014.   The email must contain the phrase BWF Infectious Disease in the subject line.  Full applications are due to BWF by November 3rd, 2014.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program officer directly about their planned proposal, their competitiveness for the award, or other questions.  The program officer, Victoria McGovern, Ph.D., can be reached at or 919-991-5112. As a supplement to direct conversations with the program officer, BWF staff will hold two remaining conference calls in August and September for applicants relatively new to preparing faculty-level grants and for interested administrators. 

The conference call time and dates are:

  • Dates: September 16 - October 14
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Dial in number for all calls: 800-311-9406
  • Passcode for all calls: 81114