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Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) Program

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

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Funding Source:

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

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Deadline Date:

11/13/20 12:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA and Canada individual researchers to study the development of communicable diseases. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for researchers at the assistant professor level to explore the interaction between humans and microorganisms. 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 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program provides opportunities for assistant professors 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.

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.

Important Notes:

  • Microbiome-related proposals must be infectious disease focused to compete well in this program.
  • BWF strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.
  • 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171502

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Term of Contract:

The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award provides funds over five years.
- July 1, 2021: Award begins
- June 30, 2026: Award end date

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.

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 a degree-granting institution. 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 13, 2020 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-Application Information:

Award Timeline:
- Pre-Proposal Deadline: Jul 31, 2020 by 12:00pm EDT
- Oct. 2, 2020 by 12:00 pm Eastern Time: Full proposal invitations
- Nov. 13, 2020, 12:00 pm Eastern Time: Full application deadline
- Apr. 20-21, 2021: In-person interviews
- May 17, 2021: Notice of award
- July 1, 2021: Award begins
- June 30, 2026: Award end date

The competition will employ a two-stage process. After review of pre-proposals, full proposal invitations will be sent by October 2, 2020.

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.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants review the Request for Pre-proposal document before accessing the eligibility questionnaire.

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.

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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.

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Program Contacts:
Victoria McGovern, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer

Muno Sekhon
Program Associate

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