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Career Guidance for Trainees (CGT) Grants

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits and IHEs for
Programs that Train Scientists for Careers

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

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Deadline Date:

03/06/18 4:00 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 to USA and Canada nonprofits, IHEs, professional societies, and advocacy organizations for projects that prepare scientists-in-training for stable, fulfilling careers, and that have the potential for affordable large-scale deployment. Helping trainees understand, acquire, and demonstrate skills that make them ready for complex careers should be the goal of submitted projects.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund will support pilot projects that demonstrate practical approaches to readying scientists for career transitions. Projects may be meant to enhance trainees’ understanding of jobs beyond the Academy, or of career trajectories within academe, or of the flexibility of scientists’ intellectual skill set.

The funding source is seeking to support programs that could change how an organization thinks about readying trainees for successful, fulfilling, happy careers that reflect the value of a scientific education. Specifically, to support demonstration projects that will model affordable approaches to improving trainees’ readiness for stable, fulfilling careers, whether by clarifying and improving their basic “Ph.D.-level” skills, by helping them identify how they can best use their skills and interests to serve the needs of potential employers, by providing them approaches to thinking through their career options, or by other strategies.

Salary or fringe benefits must be justified in the justification section of the budget proposal.

Selection will be based on the logic of the proposed activity, its potential impact on trainees' career preparation, and its potential for being affordably deployed at a larger scale.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167630

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Estimated Size of Grant:

It is anticipated that the average project budget will range from $30,000 to $50,000 per award.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be provided over a one year period: August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be in an accredited doctoral degree-granting institution or other professionally-focused nonprofit in the United States or Canada. Academic institutions, professional societies, and advocacy organizations are among the appropriate drivers of proposals.
- Applications will be accepted by single institutions and institutions working in partnerships. Proposals in which professional societies serving different fields or sectors collaborate with one another are encouraged, as are proposals between different Units or Schools within an academic institution.
- For-profit companies may not submit applications or be supported by the award but may be included in proposed activities.
- Institutions and organizations that have received an earlier CGT award are eligible to apply again.

Ineligible Expenses:
- This program does not support biomedical research projects proposed by individual investigators.
- Indirect costs may not be charged against the grant.
- Continuations or extensions of earlier-funded proposals will not be considered in this round of CGT funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Conference calls will be held on January 10, 2018 and February 1, 2018 to provide general information similar to that found in the online material. Calls will all be held at 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. The conference calls are meant to provide a broad sense of the program.

The Conference Call Dial-In Number can be found in the Contacts below.

Pre-Application Information:

- Full Proposal Deadline: March 6, 2018 by 4:00 PM EST
- Award Notification: Late May, 2018
- Award Begins: August 1, 2018
- Award Ends: July 31, 2018

Potential applicants are always encouraged to contact the Sr. Program Officer to talk more specifically about proposals and to make sure you understand what they need from you and how much time they will need to process your proposal. BWF does not require a letter of intent or pre-proposal prior to beginning an application for this program.

BWF now requires that all applications for this program be submitted electronically. Paper applications and faxed documents will not be accepted.

Applicant organizations may submit multiple proposals, but an individual may only serve as a principal investigator on one.

Step 1: Determine Eligibility
Read materials, determine eligibility, and begin a proposal. Register and Log-in to the Grant Submission Website.

Stage 2: Prepare Documentation
Prepare in advance, combine in order, and name the file.

Stage 3: Submit Application

Awardees will be notified by the last week of May. Before the grant is made, successful applicant partner organizations will develop and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with one another to formalize their understanding and agreement about how their partnerships will work. Awards will begin August 1, 2018.

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Contact Information:

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

Conference Call Dial-In Number:
Password: BWF

Grant Submission Website:

Victoria McGovern, Ph.D., Sr. Program Officer

For questions with the electronic application, please contact :
Muno Sekhon, Program Associate

Ruth Reynolds, Sr. Program Asst.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
21 T. W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-991-5100

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