Career Guidance for Trainees

Proposal Elements

This program does not support biomedical research projects proposed by individual investigators.

Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Abstract (template provided)

Using the Abstract template provided, (300 word maximum) describe your proposed work and its intended impact.

Proposal (up to five pages)

Eligible proposals must include rationale/vision for the project, including who it is intended to impact and how it will change their career readiness. Proposals should also describe the project in detail, including how it will be delivered to trainees, strategies for evaluating its potential impact, and how the project could be expanded to reach more trainees or adopted by other institutions.

CV of Applicant Co-Director

The “applicant co-director” is simply the co-director who has taken the lead in the physical preparation of the application. Attach a copy of your CV. If your background is one where resumes are more common, please prepare a CV that focuses on showing your career progression and how earlier roles developed the skills that you will use in successfully doing the work you propose. (Look up “functional resume” for illustrations.)

CV of Partner Co-Director(s)

If you are proposing a partnership, submit a copy of the CV of key personnel involved at other organizations or other academic units. We do not need CVs from everyone involved, only those who are truly driving the project. For co-directors from fields where resumes are more common, please prepare a CV that focuses on showing your career progression and how earlier roles developed the skills that you will use in successfully doing the work you propose. (Look up “functional resume” for illustrations.)

Letter(s) of Support

Provide letters from the deans of involved academic institutions and/or the executive directors of other non-profits that may be submitting an application. The letter should spell out commitment to the project and outline resources that will be made available to the project’s leader. These letters should also detail how the proposed program fits into the institution’s or organizations overall plan for better serving trainees. 

Timeline and Plan (no more than two pages)

Submit a clear timeline and plan for the proposed project’s development, launch, and preliminary evaluation.

Budget and Budget Justification (template provided)

Using the NIH-style Budget Form provided, submit a budget that explains how the award will be spent:

  • List proposed expenses in general categories (e.g., equipment, consumable supplies, and travel).
  • Include a summary justification of budget expenses.
  • Justify any proposed salary support.
  • Budgets MAY NOT exceed $50,000. Proposals with budgets of more than $50,000 will be triaged.
  • BWF does not pay overhead.
     

Signature Page (template provided)

The signature page with original or electronic signatures must be uploaded to the application before it is submitted. Faxed or printed documents will not be accepted. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the institution's name and the institutional contacts are correctly entered.

The Signature Page must be signed by:

  • The applicant.
  • The Signing Official responsible for sponsored programs at the Degree-Granting Institution or other non-profit in the United States or Canada. This should be the person listed as the Signing Official in the online application form.