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Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) Program

Grants to USA and Canada Researchers to
Study the Development of Infectious Diseases

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

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Deadline Date:

11/15/19 12:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA and Canada individual researchers to study the development of infectious diseases, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for investigators, who are accomplished yet 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.

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. BWF particularly encourages human health-relevant applications from veterinary scientists. BWF encourages submissions focusing on climate change and its impact on the pathogenosis of infectious disease and human health. Microbiome-related proposals must be infectious disease focused to compete well in this program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 171502

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Term of Contract:

- Award start date: July 1, 2020
- Award end date: June 30, 2025

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.
- BWF strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

Eligible Candidates:
- Applications must be approved and signed by an official responsible for sponsored programs (generally from the grants office, office of research, or office of sponsored programs) at the degree-granting institution.
- The PATH award can only be made to accredited, degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada. An Internal Revenue Service determination letter of the institution’s non-profit status may be requested by BWF staff if one is not on file in the office.
- Candidates will generally have a Ph.D. and/or a clinical doctorate (M.D., D.V.M., etc.).
- Candidates must have an established record of independent research.
- Citizens and non-citizen permanent and temporary residents of the U.S. and Canada who are legally qualified to work in the U.S. or Canada are eligible. Candidates who are temporary U.S. residents must hold a valid U.S. visa (J-1, H1B, F-1 or O-1 visas). Temporary Canadian residents must hold a valid Canadian visa (Study Permit, C-43, C44, C-10, or
C-20 work permits/visas).
- Candidates who will be promoted to Associate Professor by November 15, 2019 are not eligible to apply.
- Candidates who have completed a Burroughs Wellcome Fund career development award (CAMS or CASI) are encouraged to apply but must contact BWF before writing the pre-proposal. Having had BWF travel, career guidance for trainees, preterm birth, regulatory science, or PDEP grants does not impact PATH support.

Pre-proposal Conference:

BWF staff will hold conference calls for applicants who have questions about the program:

- Monday, May 20, 2019 at 2 pm EST
- Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 10 am EST
- Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 12 pm EST

Dial-in number for all calls: 1-800-247-5110 or 1-334-260-0508
Passcode for all calls: BWF

Pre-Application Information:

- Pre-proposal applications due: July 15, 2019, 12:00 pm Eastern Time
- Invitation to submit a full proposal: By October 1, 2019, 12:00 pm Eastern Time
- Full proposal due: November 15, 2019, 12:00 pm Eastern Time
- Finalist in-person interviews: April 21-22, 2020
- Notice of award: May 18, 2020
- Award start date: July 1, 2020
- Award end date: June 30, 2025

Applying for this award is a two-stage process. After review of pre-proposals, full proposal invitations will be sent by October 1, 2019.

All applicants will be required to complete a web-based questionnaire assessing their eligibility to apply for this program. If eligibility are met, applicants will automatically directed to the web-based pre-proposal application.

1. Pre-proposals. Interested candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may submit one online pre-proposal through BWF’s Internet Grant Application Module (IGAM) by July 15, 2019 12:00 pm Eastern Time. Though the pre-proposal is short, it should be well thought out and prepared with care: only a fraction of those submitting pre-proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal.

2. Full proposals. Submission of full proposals will be by invitation only after review of pre-proposals. By October 1, 2019, those who make it to the next round will be invited to submit a full research proposal. Instructions on how to prepare a full research proposal (elements listed below) will be provided by email with the invitation to participate. Full proposals will be due November 15, 2019 by 12:00 pm Eastern Time.


Pre-Proposal Forms and Resources:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Pre-proposal submission:

Questions regarding whether your work falls within the scope of the program may be directed to:
Victoria McGovern, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, 919-991-5112

For answers to eligibility issues not covered under eligibility or the FAQs, please contact:
Muno Sekhon, Program Associate, 919-991-5122

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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