Career Awards at the Scientific Interface

Funding Agency:
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

BWF's Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents.

These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research.

Scientific advances such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering.

Deadlines: 

  • Preproposal Application Deadline: September 4, 2019
  • Full Invited Application Deadline: January 8, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering. This includes related areas of physical, mathematical, computational, theoretical, and engineering science. Exceptions will be made only if the applicant can demonstrate significant expertise in one of these areas, evidenced by publications, undergraduate major, or master’s degree. 
Candidates whose Ph.D. is in biochemistry/biophysics/ biology/cell biology/etc. may be eligible if significant accomplishment or competence in one of the areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering can be shown (i.e., papers published, advanced coursework, or undergraduate major), and if the proposal draws on that background. Work must be interdisciplinary and making use of nonbiological approaches.
Candidates who hold an M.D. are eligible to apply if they hold both an M.D. and a Ph.D., and the Ph.D. is in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering. This includes related areas of physical and computational science. Exceptions will be made only if the applicant can demonstrate significant expertise in one these areas, evidenced by publications, undergraduate major, or master’s degree. In addition, the applicant cannot have spent more than 48 months in postdoctoral research since receipt of terminal degree. If the candidate holds an M.D. without also holding a Ph.D., the candidate is not eligible to apply to this program.
Candidates who meet the other eligibility criteria must demonstrate that their work is truly interdisciplinary.
Candidates must have completed at least 12 months but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral research by the date of the full invited application deadline. If your entire work experience since receiving your Ph.D. has been in any scientific research field (including outside academia) and exceeds 48 months, you are not eligible. However, if part of your work experience was not in a science research field, and your scientific work experience doesn’t exceed 48 months, you may be eligible but must gain prior approval from BWF program officer. No exceptions to this requirement will be made.
Candidates who are not titled “postdoctoral” fellows may be eligible if (1) you have at least 12 months, but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral research experience, including time as, for example, an instructor, research associate, or non-tenure track research faculty, and (2) you meet all other eligibility requirements.

Amount

$500,000

Funding Type

Grant

Duke Awardees

2003: Lindsay G. Cowell, Ph.D.
A novel statistical approach to deducing the function of regulatory DNA: examples from analyses of recombination signal sequences

2011: Nicolas E. Buchler, Ph.D.
Gene duplication and the evolution of function in regulatory networks

2015: Francisco Eduardo Robles, Ph.D.
Molecular imaging based on the linear and nonlinear refractive index for biomedical applications

2016: David M. Schneider, Ph.D.
Neural circuits for making predictions and learning from mistakes

 

Eligibility

Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Interdisciplinary
Medical
Medical - Basic Science

External Deadline

September 4, 2019