Career Awards for Medical Scientists

About the Award

The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. 


Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research.  Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible. The previously funded individuals (or researchers) are listed in the Grant Recipients section of this program.

Application Process

The competition will employ a two-stage process.  Preproposals will be reviewed and approximately 80-90 full proposal invitations will be sent by October 1, 2015.

All applicants will be required to complete a web-based questionnaire assessing their eligibility to apply for this award.  If eligibility criteria are met, applicants will be automatically directed to the web-based pre-proposal form.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants review the Request for Proposals prior to accessing the eligibility questionnaire.


For a full explanation of the eligibility requirements, view the Request for Proposals here.

Note:  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.  


View the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If your question is not answered after reviewing the FAQs, email with "2016 CAMS" as the subject line.