Career Awards for Medical Scientists

The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) program supports $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists 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 ineligible. Awards are made to degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada on behalf of the awardee.

The CAMS program is the result of the reformulation of the Career Awards in the Biomedical Sciences (CABS), which was instituted by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) in 1995 and ran through the 2006 award year.

In response to the NIH’s K99/R00 Pathway to Independence program, which was modeled after the CABS award, BWF has shifted the focus of the CABS program to address an on-going problem.  By increasing the number of physician scientists and keeping them in research, BWF believes that this bridging award, supporting the last year(s) of a mentored position in addition to supporting the beginning years of an independent position, will facilitate the transition to a career in research and buy time from service commitments.