August 18, 2011

University-wide Limited Submission Opportunity: Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Vanderbilt may nominate two candidates for the 2012 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease. This five-year, $500,000 award is an opportunity for assistant professor level investigators to utilize multidisciplinary approaches to study pathogenesis with a focus on the intersection of human and microbial biology.

Priority will be given to 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.

Research on under-studied infectious diseases such as pathogenic fungi, protozoan and metazoan diseases or emerging infections is encouraged over well-funded work in AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis or organisms of interest to biodefense. The work should focus on microbe interaction with the human system in the context of infection. Human health-relevant applications from veterinary scientists are particularly encouraged.

Anyone interested in being considered as one of Vanderbilt’s two nominees must submit the following (in PDF format) to John BuAbbud ( in Foundation Relations by noon on Sept. 6:

• Letter of reference from candidate's department chair

• Candidate's CV or NIH Biosketch

• A three- to six-page research plan

Once received, all proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominees. The chosen nominees will submit full proposals to the Foundation by the Nov. 1 deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Koh, Ph.D., director of Foundation Relations.

This notice will also be posted on FIND Grants (Foundation INitiatives Database) under the Limited Submissions Opportunities tab.