Veterinary research sought on pathogenesis of infectious disease

Published on July 15, 2004
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The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award program is interested in more proposals from veterinary researchers.

This award program provides $400,000 over a period of five years—$80,000 per year—for researchers with a DVM, MD, or PhD degree. For 2005, BWF will offer up to 10 such awards. Degree-granting institutions in the United States and Canada may nominate up to two candidates—or three, if at least one of the nominees is a veterinarian.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund particularly encourages human health-relevant applications from veterinary scientists. Candidates must have an established record of independent research and hold a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or equivalent at a degree-granting institution.

The Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program aims to provide new opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and pathogen biology.

Genetic, biochemical, immunologic, and other approaches are all appropriate. Proposals can include cell-pathogen interactions, host-pathogen interactions, and novel routes to disease causation in humans. Excellent animal models of human disease are within the scope of the program. Research on understudied pathogens is of special interest.

Application deadline is Nov. 1, 2004. Successful proposals will be announced in mid-May 2005, and funding will begin in July. Program information, eligibility guidelines, and application forms are available on the BWF Web site,