Career Awards for Medical Scientists

Proposal Elements

In order for an application to be submitted, each section of the application must be completed.  Applications that are not in compliance with proposal instructions will be rejected out of fairness to all applicants.  All attachments must be uploaded as Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

The following sections are required:

  1. On-line data entry of general proposal information.
  2. Upload of requested attachments in a single PDF.
  3. Two confidential/blind letters of recommendation.

Applicant and General Proposal Information (online data entry)

The application contains online data entry screens requesting such information as applicant contact information, education and training background, the name of the institution where the proposed work will be performed, and contact information for officials at the nominating institution, including the applicant's dean/department chair.

Upload of Requested Attachments

Standard word processing software (e.g., MS Word or WordPerfect) can be used to prepare the attachments; however, all documents MUST be converted from standard word processing format to Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files prior to being uploaded to the BWF grant application system. BWF does not require a budget to be submitted for the CAMS program.

Applicant is required to combine the following attachments in the order listed below into ONE single PDF. IMPORTANT:  Name the file using this format only  "Last Name, First Name - CAMS15 App." Do not include a Table of Contents.

Cover Page (required)

Using the template provided in the Forms section, enter the requested information.  Do not include additional information or a table of contents.

Scientific Abstract (one page)

Using the template provided in the forms section, describe the proposed work, including specific aims, in a scientific abstract that is understandable to a multidisciplinary group of scientific reviewers.

Candidate's Biosketch (no more than four pages)

Provide an NIH-style biographical sketch without a personal statement.  There is no limit to the number of published manuscripts that may be cited.  Manuscripts submitted for publication may also be listed. Professional positions and publications should be listed in reverse chronological order.  Include a history of medical licensure.

Research Plan (no more than six pages, including figures, tables, graphs, and images)

There is no set template for the research plan.  Candidates may use an NIH-style format to include  background, methods, preliminary results, etc.  Your proposal should be a complete, cohesive, and coherent scientific document that is easy to read and tells a story.   Your research plan may also describe:

  • Specific aims/background.
  • Scope and significance of your postdoctoral research.
  • Work you plan for the faculty years.
  • Career objectives, including how the award will help you achieve these objectives.

A bibliography is not considered part of the six-page limit.  Use a standard 11- or 12-point font for the text, and no smaller than a 9- to 10-point font for figures, legends, and tables.  The font size requirement for the text will be strictly enforced.  Text must be single-spaced, with one-inch or larger margins on all sides.  Number the pages of the research plan.  

Submitted Manuscripts

Provide up to three manuscripts that have been submitted for publication that demonstrate the candidate's capabilities and relevant research accomplishments. Published papers may be cited in the optional bibliography. Manuscripts in preparation may not be submitted. These documents must be in PDF format to be uploaded to the BWF grant application system. 

Note:  BWF is no longer accepting published papers as an attachment to your proposal.

Bibliography (optional)

Provide a list of literature references directly relevant to the research plan.  Published papers may be cited in this section.  The bibliography is not included in the six-page limit for the research plan.

Personal Statement (one page)

Using the template provided in the forms section, describe your activities and interests outside of science to give the CAMS Advisory Committee a sense of your individuality beyond your scientific accomplishments.

Faculty Sponsor Letter of Nomination (required)

The faculty member under whom the candidate will work during the mentored portion of the award should describe the candidate’s qualifications and potential for contributing to medical science, highlighting specific skills or expertise.  The letter should also describe the research environment in which the candidate will work, the number of graduate students and fellows in the sponsor’s laboratory, and the supporting services to be provided by the institution, including health care benefits.  This letter is a required part of the application.It must be submitted with a signature block (letter writer’s name, title(s) department(s), and institution).  It does not need to be confidential and therefore, can be uploaded by the candidate.

Chief of Service Letter (if applicable)

The individual in the service where the candidate took their graduate clinical training should provide a letter describing the candidate’s qualifications and potential for contributing to medical science. This letter may come from candidate's residency director or fellowship director. It does not need to be confidential and therefore, can be uploaded by the candidate. 

*Note:  This letter is not required for candidates who do not have a medical license or have not completed or are not currently in a residency.  Do not substitute an additional letter in its place if this guideline does not apply. 

Ph.D. Advisor Letter (if applicable)

The individual with whom the candidate took their Ph.D. degree should provide a letter of support describing the candidate’s qualifications and potential for contributing to medical science, highlighting specific skills or expertise.  It does not need to be confidential and therefore, can be uploaded by the candidate. 

Note:  This letter is applicable ONLY if you hold a Ph.D. degree.  Do not substitute an additional letter if this guideline does not apply.

Signature Page Form

Using the template provided in the forms section, complete with signatures and upload the Signature Page Form.  The Signature Page Form consists of three pages including the page with signatures and the page with contact information for the supporters and recommenders.  Contact information for the applicant and two institutional officials who will sign the Signature Page is required:  (1) the applicant’s signature; (2) the official responsible for sponsored programs, or signing official, and (3) the dean or department chair.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the institution’s name and the institutional contacts are correctly entered.  No official letter is required to be submitted by the dean or department chair.

Letters of Recommendation (two confidential blind letters required)

Letters from two additional individuals who are familiar with the candidate’s qualifications must be attached to the application. No more than two recommendation letters may be provided.  These letters are to remain confidential and are not to be reviewed by the candidate.  For this reason, recommenders must upload their own letters, as PDF files, directly into the BWF grant application system before the 4:00 p.m., October 1, 2014 deadline (Eastern Time).

Note:  It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that the confidential recommendation letters are submitted on time.  An application will not be considered complete without two confidential blind recommendation letters.

Note: Details for requesting and uploading blind recommendation letters are provided in the on-line application and under the Forms and Resources page of this website.