CRF Open Call – Burroughs Wellcome Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Dec 4, 2020 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: CRF Open Call - Burroughs Wellcome Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  Please forward the call to interested postdoctoral researchers and fellows in your departments and divisions. 

 UCSC Contact:
Funder: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Opportunity: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) (full details of the program can be found here)
Application Deadline: January 14, 2021
Funding: $60,000 over 3 years
Indirect costs may not be charged against BWF grants.


Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) supports the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.

This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.

Selection Process:

Up to 15 Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) awards will be made annually. Proposals must include clear articulation of the vision and philosophy of advancing the fellow’s career.

Characteristics of the proposed mentor should include a track record, and commitment to advancing the careers of young scientists and willingness to participate in workshops to understand expectations of the award and a commitment to its goals (see Eligibility and Terms of the Award)


  • Must have no more than 36 months of postdoctoral research experience (in a research laboratory) at the time of application and not be more than 5 years from his/her Ph.D.
  • Must be nominated by a qualified mentor at the degree-granting institution where the applicant will conduct the postdoctoral/fellowship training. Applications must be approved by an official responsible for sponsored programs (generally from the grants office, office of research, or office of sponsored programs) at the degree-granting institution
  • Must have secured a postdoctoral position with funding (including support by the mentor’s existing research grants) at a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada and must begin the postdoctoral position on or by the designated award commencement date
  • Must be underrepresented minorities (i.e. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)
  • Must be citizens of the United States or Canada (at the time of application)
  • Must devote at least 75% of time to research


Special Requirements:

Please promptly submit your proposal intake form prior to the UCSC’s Internal Institutional Deadlines. For proposal support, or for any questions about institutional requirements, please send requests and questions to the research development team at A proposal development specialist will field your requests.

Call sent: December 1, 2020

The Office Corporate and Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The CFR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. CFR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the CFR website.  CFR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact