OSP FO #11-128

AGENCY: The Burroughs Wellcome Fund

PROGRAM: Career Awards at the Scientific Interface

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to foster the early career development of researchers with backgrounds in the physical/computational sciences whose work addresses biological questions and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. Advances in genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created research opportunities at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering.

Applicants are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences. Examples of approaches include, but are not limited to, physical measurement of biological phenomena, computer simulation of complex processes in physiological systems, mathematical modeling of self-organizing behavior, building probabilistic tools for medical diagnosis, developing novel imaging tools or biosensors, applying nanotechnology to manipulate cellular systems, predicting cellular responses to topological clues and mechanical forces, and developing a new conceptual understanding of the complexity of living organisms. Proposals that include experimental validation of theoretical models are particularly encouraged.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An Eligibility Quiz has been created to assist determining the eligibility of applicants for this award. Successful completion of the Quiz will take candidates directly to the pre-proposal application. Applicants will be notified upon conclusion of the Quiz if they are eligible to continue the application and apply for the grant.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering. Exceptions will be made only if the applicant can demonstrate significant expertise in one of these areas, evidenced by publications or advanced course work. Candidates must have completed at least twelve months but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral training at the time of application. No exceptions to this requirement will be made. Candidates must not hold or have accepted a faculty appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor at the time of application. Candidates must be committed to a full-time career in research as an independent investigator at a North American degree-granting institution. Citizens and non-citizen permanent residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible. Temporary residents of U.S. are eligible; however, temporary residents of Canada are ineligible. Candidates must not hold nor have accepted a K99 award from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Pre-proposal (required): September 1, 2011, 4:00pm
Full Proposal (by invitation only): January 11, 2012, 4:00pm

FUNDING INFORMATION: Career Awards at the Scientific Interface provide up to $500,000 over five years to support up to two years of advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty appointment. Indirect costs may not be charged against BWF grants. During both the postdoctoral and the faculty periods, awards must be made to degree-granting institutions in the United States or Canada on behalf of the award recipient. Award recipients are expected to devote at least 80% of their time to research-related activities. Please see the complete program guidelines for detailed information regarding each year of support.

Debi Vought
Senior Program Associate
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Post Office Box 13901
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3901
Telephone: (919) 991-5116
E-mail: dvought@bwfund.org
Web: http://www.bwfund.org/pages/135/CASI-Program-Application-%28Preproposal%29/

REMARKS: In previous years, candidates for this award had to be nominated by a North American degree-granting institution. This year, eligible candidates for this award may self-nominate by submitting a preproposal by the deadline shown above.

Pre-Applications must be submitted electronically via the Burroughs Wellcome proposal submission website (https://www.grantrequest.com/sid_227/) according to the instructions contained in the program guidelines.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.