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Resident Faculty Scholar Program

Opportunity for USA and Canada Faculty Members
to Join a Fellowship for Biomedical Research

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

Deadline Date:

09/09/21 3:00 PM Eastern Time


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Opportunity for USA and Canada faculty members to join a fellowship for biomedical research. Funding is intended to support a faculty member or group for a mini-sabbatical to begin and accelerate research. In addition to a cash grant, fellows will also receive funds for travel and lodging, professional development/meetings, as well as office space, computer access, meeting facilities, and other dry laboratory resources.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund seeks to further enhance its activities as a convener and catalyst for discovery, creativity, and scientific impact by establishing the BWF Resident Faculty Scholar Grant Program. The Resident Faculty Scholar Grant Program will support a faculty member, or small group of faculty members, at institutions in the United States or Canada, to utilize BWF Headquarters as a site for mini-sabbaticals/project incubation allowing the dedicated protected time to initiate or accelerate their work as aligned with BWF priorities and goals.

The nature of the mini-sabbaticals/project incubation sessions will be quite flexible and would be envisioned to support work at the BWF Headquarters for two to six months.

Program Highlights Include:

  • Protected time to address biomedical problems.
  • Support for faculty salary travel, lodging, and professional development/meetings.
  • Available office space, computer access, meeting facilities and other dry laboratory resources.
  • Cross-functional collaboration with Burroughs Wellcome Fund staff, advisory committees, and board members. 

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197576

Number of Grants:

BWF anticipates that two proposals to be awarded in the first year of applications.

Estimated Size of Grant:

This program provides up to $125,000.

Term of Contract:

It is anticipated that each mini-sabbatical/project incubation session will last from two to six months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
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 the degree-granting institution or ranking school system administrator. Candidates should contact one of these offices for an authorized signature before submitting the grant application. The following eligibility requirements must be adhered to and will be strictly enforced.
- Candidates must hold a PhD and/or MD degree (or the equivalent).
- Candidates must hold a faculty appointment as an assistant professor or higher-rank if at a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada. All stages of seniority of faculty are encouraged to apply.
- BWF also encourages members of the K-12 education system to apply with efforts to promote leadership change in public STEM education. Special attention to diversity, equity and inclusion, and projects considering climate change/environmental sciences are encouraged.
- Candidates from research institutes are encouraged to apply.

- Active BWF award recipients are not eligible to apply.
- Federal government (NIH, FDA, etc.) employees are not eligible, but state government employees may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Grant application portal available: By June 1, 2021
- Application Deadline: September 9, 2021, 3:00 pm ET
- Award Notification: Late February 2022
- Grant Installment: May 15, 2022
- Award Start Date: On or after May 1, 2022 (2–6-month period)
- Award End Date: On or before April 30, 2023 (2–6-month period)

Application Process:
1. Eligibility Quiz. 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 automatically be directed to the application form.
2. Proposal Application. A completed application consists of data entry fields submitted through the BWF online application portal plus a single PDF attachment. Application Deadline August 5, 2021 by 3:00 pm (ET).

Awards will be made to North American institutions on behalf of the named award recipients. The institutions are responsible for disbursing the funds and for maintaining adequate supporting records and receipts of expenditures.

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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Questions and eligibility inquiries should be directed in advance to BWF program staff by contacting:
Rolly L. Simpson, Jr., Senior Program Officer, 919-991-5110

Lou Muglia, President and CEO

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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