Research in the medical sciences provides a firm foundation for improving human health. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is committed to fostering the development of the next generation of academic medical scientists. By providing funding to help bridge the gap between the postdoctoral and early faculty years, BWF hopes to bolster the careers of the most promising up and coming scientists. But BWF's support doesn't stop with its funding. Through biennial meetings and mentoring networks, BWF helps provide vital career advice to give scientists, early in their careers, the information they need to be successful.
The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) is the result of the reformulation of the Career Awards in the Biomedical Sciences (CABS) program, which was instituted in 1995 and ran through the 2006 award year. In response to the NIH's K99/R00 Pathway to Independence awards, the BWF has shifted focus to address the on-going problem of 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.
Career Awards for Medical Scientists