|Burroughs Wellcome: Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease|
|Funding Agency Deadline||11/01/12 by 4 p.m. EST|
|Funding or Award Criteria||
Program Description: 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. This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years.
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 human and microbial systems connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of this encounter: how colonization, infection, commensalism and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones.
Studies supported by the program may have their roots in pathogen or host biology but the focus of the work should be on the interplay of host and microbe.
While work on AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and microbes of interest for biodefense is allowed, the program emphasizes research that opens up unexplored areas. Research on under-studied infectious diseases, including pathogenic fungi, protozoan and metazoan diseases, and emerging infections is especially of interest. In addition, excellent animal models of human disease, including work done in veterinary research settings, are within the program’s scope. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.
The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue high-risk projects and new avenues of inquiry. Work supported will have the potential to significantly advance the understanding of how microbes and the human system interact, especially in the context of infection. Biochemical, pharmacological, molecular, genetic, immunologic, and other approaches are all appropriate for support by the program. Areas of particular interest include:
Approaches that fit into these frameworks might include the study of host susceptibility to particular pathogens, host resistance to chronic or acute disease, or basic studies of infectious microbes—as long as the work is oriented toward understanding how the organism interacts with the host. Virulence factors, immune mechanisms, and genetic studies in microbes and the host all provide fertile ground for this kind of study. Work on AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and organisms of interest for biodefense may be submitted, but nominating institutions should note that research on under-funded and under-studied organisms is especially of interest: proposed work in well-funded systems may be viewed as less relevant to the program’s goals.
Please see the solicitation for complete information.
|Number of Nominees Allowed||
Two (2) candidates per institution*
|Required Internal Review Documents||
Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012:
Each college may submit one (1) nomination.
|Nominee(s) Selected to Advance|