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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

PI Eligibility
Candidates must have an established record of independent research and hold a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or equivalent (at the time of application) at a degree-granting institution. Exceedingly few newly appointed assistant professors have sufficient independence. Researchers recently appointed to a faculty position may not have a demonstrated track record sufficient to compete successfully for this award.

Candidates must hold an M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., or equivalent clinical degree. BWF particularly encourages human health-relevant applications from veterinary scientists


Institutional Eligibility: 3
Texas A&M University can nominate up to three candidates. U.S. institutions--including affiliated medical schools, graduate schools, and all related hospitals and research institutes. To encourage applications from veterinarians, institutions that nominate a researcher who holds the D.V.M. will be allowed three nominations.

This solicitation is limited to Texas A&M University and the proposals will need to be submitted by the Texas A&M University Research Services (TAMU-RS)

Five-year awards provide $500,000 for opportunities for accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and microbial biology. The program is intended to shed light on the overarching issues of how human hosts handle infectious challenge. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for advancing significantly the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how infectious agents and the human body interact.

The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study the pathogenesis of infectious disease at its most fundamental level—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.

BWF is particularly interested in work focused on the host, as well as host-pathogen studies originating in viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasite systems. Studies supported by the program may have their roots in the pathogen, but the focus of the work should be on the interplay of host and microbe.

August 26, 2011, 5:00 p.m.:
Deadline for an email of intent, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

August 31, 2011, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

All proposals submitted for the Limited Submissions Awards must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal, the sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch, and a budget.

This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to:, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to:, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.845.1811.

September 7, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

November 1, 2011: Deadline for the Full proposal, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Internal Selection Procedures
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.