Sponsor:  Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

Sponsor Program Solicitation: Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Funding Amount: $500,000
Duration: 5 years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

It's still open - If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Karen Drew (x4824) as soon as possible.


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 09/03/2014
Sponsor Deadline: 11/03/2014

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

This limited submission opportunity is still available. Only two candidates from Northeastern may submit a preliminary application for this program. If you are interested in applying, please contact Karen Drew (x4824) as soon as possible.

• Candidates will generally have an M.D., D.V.M., or Ph.D. degree. (References to degrees include all types of medical and scientific doctoral level degrees.) BWF particularly encourages human health-relevant applications from veterinary scientists.

• 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) at a degree-granting institution. Researchers recently appointed to a faculty position may not have a demonstrated track record sufficient to compete successfully for this award.  Exceedingly few newly appointed assistant professors have sufficient independence.

• Candidates must be nominated by accredited, degree-granting institutions in the United States or Canada.

• Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application.

Funding Areas

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 human and microbial systems connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of this encounter: how colonization, infection, commensalism and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones.

Studies supported by the program may have their roots in pathogen or host biology but the focus of the work should be on the interplay of host and microbe.

While work on AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and microbes of interest for biodefense is allowed, the program emphasizes research that opens up unexplored areas.  Research on under-studied infectious diseases, including pathogenic fungi, protozoan and metazoan diseases, and emerging infections is especially of interest. In addition, excellent animal models of human disease, including work done in veterinary research settings, are within the program’s scope. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue high-risk projects and new avenues of inquiry. Work supported will have the potential to significantly advance the understanding of how microbes and the human system interact, especially in the context of infection. Biochemical, pharmacological, molecular, genetic, immunologic, and other approaches are all appropriate for support by the program. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Cell/Pathogen interactions
  • Host/Pathogen interactions
  • Novel routes to disease causation