Career Awards at the Scientific Interface

Postdoc-to-Faculty Transitioning

The Postdoctoral/Fellowship Portion of the Award

Career Awards at the Scientific Interface provide the following levels of support during the postdoctoral/fellowship portion of the award:

Year 1:
Salary and Research: $65,000
Administrative Fee: $5,000
Annual Total: $70,000

Year 2:
Salary and Research: $65,000
Administrative Fee: $5,000
Annual Total:  $70,000

  • Should last a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years.
  • Provides maximum salary support of $50,000 in year one and $55,000 in year two. Awardee salary may be supplemented from other sources. BWF expects that support must meet or exceed the NIH pay scale appropriate to the trainee’s level of experience. BWF does not set or cap the salary level of its awardees, nor does it require a minimum amount of the award be used for salary.
  • Requires that any equipment purchased by the award recipient be transferable to the institution providing the faculty appointment.
  • Encourages award recipients to use funds for advanced course work in biology (at any institution). Applicants should present a training plan in the proposal if they intend to use award funds for this purpose.
  • 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: $110,000
Administrative Fee: $10,000
Annual Total: $120,000

Year 4:  
Salary and Research: $110,000
Administrative Fee:  $10,000
Annual Total: $120,000

Year 5:
Salary and Research: $110,000
Administrative Fee: $10,000
Annual Total:  $120,000

  • Will be $500,000 minus the portion used during the postdoctoral year(s).
  • Normally will be five years minus the postdoctoral portion of the award. 
  • Allows no more than 50 percent of the awardee’s salary to be charged to the grant.  BWF does not set or cap the salary level of its awardees, nor does it require a minimum amount of the award be used for salary.
  • Allows awardees demonstrating adequate progress to be granted no-cost extensions up to the time they are reviewed for 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.
  • It is anticipated that institutions will make a contribution to the awardee’s salary to maximize the amount that can be used for research.
  • BWF will pay an administrative fee to the institution to cover a portion of the awardee’s fringe benefits, such as health insurance and retirement.  When the cost of fringe benefits exceeds the institutional allowance, the institution is expected to cover 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 investigator’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

  • Most award recipients will accept a faculty position at a different institution.
  • Before approving the faculty portion of the award, BWF requires the hiring institution to make a significant commitment to the award recipient’s career development as represented by the financial and professional situation offered.
  • BWF strongly prefers tenure-track faculty appointments, accompanied by salary support and support for starting up a laboratory or research group.
  • If an award recipient 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 award recipient a joint tenure-track faculty position with some commitment to the award recipient.
  • If the institutional commitment to the award recipient is deemed inadequate, BWF reserves the right to terminate the faculty portion of the grant.
  • Award recipients must be given the opportunity to take an adjunct or joint appointment in a second department, if desired.
  • The institution must name at least one tenured faculty member in a discipline complementary to the award recipient’s primary discipline who is willing to serve as a faculty mentor.