Career Awards for Medical Scientists

Postdoc to Faculty Transitioning

The Postdoctoral/Fellowship Portion of the Award

Career Awards for Medical Scientists provide the following levels of support during the postdoctoral/fellowship portion of the award:

Year 1:
   Salary and Research: $85,500
   Administrative Fee: $9,500
   Annual Total:$ 95,000

Year 2:
    Salary and Research: $85,500
   Administrative Fee:  $9,500
   Annual Total: $95,000

  • May last a maximum of two years.
  • Allows the awardee to use up to $95,000 per year.
  • Allows maximum salary support of $65,000 per year.
  • Requires that any equipment purchased by the award recipient be transferable to the institution providing the faculty appointment.
  • Allows the unpaid balance of the postdoctoral portion of the award to be added to the faculty portion of the award if an award recipient moves to a faculty position in less than two years.

The Faculty Portion of the Award

The award provides the following levels of support during the faculty portion of the award:

Year 3:
 Salary and Research:  $153,000
 Administrative Fee: $17,000
 Annual Total: $170,000

 Year 4:
 Salary and Research:  $153,000
 Administrative Fee: $17,000
Annual Total:  $170,000

 Year 5:
 Salary and Research:  $153,000
 Administrative Fee: $17,000
Annual Total:  $170,000

  • Will be $700,000 minus the portion used (if any) during the postdoctoral years.
  • Allows the awardee maximum salary support of $150,000 per year.  The balance is to be used for research expenses.
  • Normally will be three years plus the unused postdoctoral/fellowship portion of the award.
  • Allows awardees demonstrating adequate progress to be granted no-cost extensions through tenure.   

Salary and Fringe Benefits

  • If an institution’s salary scale for the position is higher than the salary amounts provided by the award, then the institution must supplement the awardee’s salary.
  • Institutions are expected to make a contribution to the awardee’s salary to maximize the amount that can be used for research expenses.
  • BWF will pay an administrative fee of 10 percent to the institution to cover the awardee’s fringe benefits, such as health insurance and retirement.  The institution is expected to cover the remainder of these costs as an indication of support for the awardee.
  • Institutions that pay for fringe benefits from their own funds may keep the fee as reimbursement for administering the grant or reallocate the fee to the awardee’s research expenses. 
  • The balance of the award is to be used to cover research expenses, at the discretion of the award recipient.  These funds may be used flexibly for items such as equipment, consumable supplies, travel to scientific meetings, or laboratory personnel.

Faculty Appointments

  • When an awardee moves to a tenure-track faculty position, any remaining balance of the postdoctoral/fellowship portion of the award will be transferred to the faculty institution and added to the faculty portion of the award.
  • BWF requires institutions to make a monetary commitment to an awardee's career before the awardee begins the faculty portion of the award.
  • BWF strongly prefers tenure-track appointments, accompanied by salary support or support for starting a laboratory, or both.
  • BWF reserves the right to terminate the faculty portion of the award if the institutional commitment is deemed inadequate.
  • If an awardee chooses to accept a faculty position at a research institute, the research institute must be closely affiliated with a degree-granting institution, and the degree-granting institution must offer the awardee a joint tenure-track faculty position with some commitment to the awardee.
  • All faculty appointments must be approved by BWF.
  • Awardees must begin the faculty portion of the award no later than five years from the award date.