Funding available for physician-scientists through Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund fosters the development of biomedical scientists through a number of funding opportunities targeting the development of early-career scientists.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund introduced its Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) program in 2007 to specifically address the declining participation of physicians engaged in academic biomedical research. The CAMS award provides support to facilitate the transition from mentored position to independence for the early-career physician scientist. The program is ideal for the physician-scientist considering an academic career.

Up to 12 five-year $700,000 awards for physician-scientists will be given to bridge advanced postdoctoral or fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund will make up to two additional awards to clinically trained psychiatrists who focus on research at the interface between neuroscience and psychiatry. These proposals must clearly demonstrate evidence of integration of neuroscience and psychiatry in project design.

Application deadline for this award is Oct. 1, 2018.

September 11, 2018 Penn State College of Medicine News

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RFA Details: Career Awards for Medical Scientists

Eligibility Expand answer
  • Candidates must hold an MD, DO, DVM or DDS degree and not be more than 13 years past their clinical doctorate degree.
  • Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented or translational research.
  • Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible.
  • Candidates may hold a junior faculty appointment (Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant Professor non-tenure track, etc.). However, candidates with tenure track appointments are not eligible.
  • Candidates who have non-tenure track faculty appointments with institutional start-up funds or who hold an NIH R01 are not eligible.
Award Details Expand answer

Finalists will be notified by Jan. 25, 2019, with in-person interviews March 27 and 28, 2109.

Notice of award will be May 17, 2019, and the award funding period is Sept. 1, 2019, through Aug. 31, 2024.

How to Apply Expand answer

Penn State College of Medicine’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations should be consulted on proposal narrative elements and to answer other foundation-related questions.

If you plan to apply for this funding opportunity, you must contact Vicki Dietzler, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at Application details will be provided through Corporate and Foundation Relations.

All proposals must be submitted through the Office of Research Affairs and adhere to review/submission timelines.

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