Program Description

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is inviting nominations for early-career awards for physician-scientists, to bridge advanced postdoctoral and fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.  Proposals must be for basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research.  Proposals for health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible. 

New for 2014:  Beginning this award cycle, BWF 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.

Award Amount

Awards provide $700,000 over at least five years.

Internal Application Process

Candidates must be nominated by their institution. A candidate must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident who holds an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degree and is a fellow, resident, or postdoctoral researcher with at least two years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application. Candidates must not be more than 10 years past their most recent earned doctorate degree.  Candidates with a clinical degree not awarded in the U.S. or Canada must be fully licensed to practice in the U.S. or Canada or have completed a residency in the U.S. or Canada.  Candidates who hold a junior faculty appointment (Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant Professor-non tenure track, etc.) may be eligible if the appointment has begun no earlier than July 1, 2012.  Candidates who, at the time of application, hold tenure-track appointments as an Instructor or Assistant Professor, have faculty appointments with institutional startup funds, or hold an NIH R01 grant are not eligible.

UCI may submit no more than five proposals to this competition (6 if one of the nominees is a woman or underrepresented minority, and as many as 8 if two are clinically trained psychiatrists). Therefore, I am requesting that preliminary applications containing the following be sent to my office (electronic submission to is preferred) by August 4, 2014.

  • Brief proposal (up to two pages)
  • Preliminary budget
  • Bio sketch (no more than two pages) of the Primary Investigator
  • Support letter from the Dean (or the equivalent in units without a Dean)

If necessary, an ad hoc committee will convene to review the preliminary proposals.  The selected PI(s) will be notified in time to meet BWF’s October 1, 2014, deadline for full proposals.

For more information, please refer to Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.

John C. Hemminger
Vice Chancellor for Research