Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Pre-proposals deadline:  July 14, 2017
Request for Proposals 


The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is now accepting pre-proposals for the Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award.  This award provides $500,000 over five years to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and micro

bial systems are affected by their encounters.


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.
PATH is a highly competitive award program that provides $500,000 over a period of five years to assistant professors. 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.


The competition will employ a two-stage process. After review of pre-proposals, full proposal invitations will be sent by October 2, 2017.

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 web-based pre-proposal application.

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


BWF staff will hold a final conference call for applicants who have questions about the program:


Dates:  June 26, 2017

Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Dial in number for all calls: 800-247-5110
Passcode for all calls:  BWF


View the Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question is not answered after reviewing the FAQs, email vmcgovern@bwfund.org with “2018 PATH” as the subject line.


 BWF PATH RFP Pre proposal.pdf