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Collaborative Research Travel Grant (CRTG)

Grants to USA and Canada Scientists and Trainees for
Travel Costs Associated with Biomedical Research

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

Deadline Date:

02/01/18 4:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $15,000 to academic scientists or trainees at USA and Canada degree-granting institutions for travel funds associated with biomedical research. Trainees can be post-doctoral candidates or fellows. Grants are intended for domestic or international travel to another lab for collaborations to address biomedical questions or to learn new research techniques. All proposals must be cross-disciplinary.

Applicants with a doctoral degree in the physical, mathematics, or engineering sciences working on a biological problem are encouraged to apply. Conversely, proposals from biological scientists who desire to collaborate with a physical scientist, mathematician, or engineer are also encouraged to apply.

BWF strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives or Native Hawaiians.

Food, lodging, airfare, and ground transportation on behalf of awardee are allowed, supplies and materials that are research related to the collaboration between the award recipient and host are covered. In addition, BWF will also allow up to $500 of incidental expenses accrued by the host to be charged to the grant.

Selection is made on the basis of the proposal’s scientific quality of the proposed activities and the career development potential and impact of the collaboration/visit.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176944

Number of Grants:

Approximately 30–40 grants will be awarded in this cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15, 000; the average grant has traditionally funded at $7,500.

Term of Contract:

The award period begins June 1, 2018 and ends December 31, 2019. No exceptions or extensions will be approved.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Postdoctoral fellows or faculty at U. or Canadian degree-granting institutions are eligible to apply.
- Grants must be made to US or Canadian degree-granting institutions only.
- Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering at the time of application and interested in investigating research opportunities in the biological sciences are eligible. Biologists holding a doctorate degree at the time of application who are interested in working with physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers, chemists, statisticians, or computer scientists to incorporate their ideas and approaches to answering biological questions are eligible to apply.
- Citizens and non-citizen permanent and temporary residents of the US and Canada who are legally qualified to work in the US or Canada are eligible.
- Candidates who are temporary U.S. residents must hold a valid US visa (J-1, H1B, F-1 or O-1 visas).
- Temporary Canadian residents must hold a valid Canadian visa (Study Permit, C-43, C-44, C-10, or C-20 work permits/visas).
- If you are a postdoctoral applicant, your visa status must allow you to remain in the U.S. or Canada during the project period of the grant. If a grant is awarded and your visa does not allow for such a stay, BWF may terminate the grant. BWF will not intercede on behalf of non-citizens whose stay in the U.S. or Canada falls out of visa compliance.
- An authorized official at the applicant’s degree-granting institution must verify candidate’s immigration status as part of the application.
- Proposals may be used to visit one collaborator at one host institution.
-Candidates at independent research institutes may be eligible but must apply through a degree-granting university affiliated with their research institute. If you receive an award, the university affiliated with the research institute must agree to administer the grant. Researchers at federal facilities or research institutes that are not affiliated with a degree-granting institution may not apply. This policy is non-negotiable.
-If you are currently affiliated with BWF, or you are a current or past BWF grantee, please contact BWF staff to determine eligibility.

The travel grant covers sabbaticals, but the expenses must not exceed the approved budget amount set by BWF. Scheduling more than three airline flights during the project period is discouraged.

- Grants cannot be used for travel to conferences/ meeting/courses, to cover salary support, or to purchase computers or equipment.
- No indirect or overhead charges can be applied to grant.
- The grant is for the benefit of the award recipient only and not intended to cover expenses for other traveling companions. Only travel related expenses incurred personally by the award recipient may be charged to the grant.
- This grant is not bi-directional or reciprocal for the collaborator/host.
- Public health, health policy, and epidemiology proposals, or large-scale clinical trials will not be accepted.
- Proposals containing multiple collaborators or institutions are discouraged.
- This grant is not open to researchers at NIH institutions.
- Previous travel grant recipients are not eligible to reapply.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018 by 4:00pm ET

Grant schedule:
Application deadline February 1, 2018, 4:00 PM ET
Notice of award May 21, 2018
Award start date June 1, 2018
Grant payment July 16, 2018
Award end date December 31, 2019

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants review the Request for Proposals prior to accessing the eligibility questionnaire. All applicants will be required to complete a web-based questionnaire assessing their eligibility to apply for this award. If eligibility criteria are met, applicants will be automatically directed to the
application form.

Candidates who are affiliated with Burroughs Wellcome Fund or currently hold an award must contact BWF staff prior to beginning an application to determine eligibility prior to the deadline date.

Awards are made to U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions on behalf of the awardees. The awardee’s institution is responsible for disbursing the funds and for maintaining adequate supporting records and
receipts of expenditures.

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

To begin the online application process:

To return to an application already in progress:

If your question is not answered after reviewing the FAQs, email Debra Holmes with "2018 CRTG" as the subject line.

Program Contacts:
Debra Holmes, Senior Program Associate
Phone: 919/991-5134

Kendra Tucker, Senior Programs Assistant
Phone: 919/991-5115

Rolly L. Simpson, Jr., Senior Program Officer, 919-991-5110

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

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