Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

About the Award

The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award provides $500,000 over five years to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. 

Details

The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program provides opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study what happens at the points where the systems of humans and potentially infectious agents connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of these encounters: how colonization, infection, commensalism, and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones.

PATH is a highly competitive award program that provides $500,000 over a period of five years to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry, stimulating higher risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing understanding of how infectious diseases work and how health is maintained.

Eligibility

The competition will employ a two-stage process. Pre-proposals will be reviewed and full proposal invitations will be sent by September 23, 2016.

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.

Questions

BWF staff will hold conference calls for applicants who have questions about the program:

Dates:  June 30, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Dial in number for all calls: 800-311-9406
Passcode for all calls:  BWF

View the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If your question is not answered after reviewing the FAQs, email vmcgovern@bwfund.org with "2017 PATH" as the subject line.

Note:

Applicants are always encouraged to contact the program officer directly about their planned proposal, their competitiveness for the award, or other questions.  The program officer, Victoria McGovern, Ph.D., can be reached at vmcgovern@bwfund.org or 919-991-5112.