Open Call – Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

Jun 3, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Open Call - Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

The Office of Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  Please follow the links below for more information.

UCSC Contact:
Funder: Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)
Opportunity: Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Funding: up to $500,000 (note that indirect costs can not be charged against BWF grants).
Pre-proposal Deadline: July 16, 2021, 12pm ET


The Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) 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.

Please click here for a list of FAQ.


  • The ideal candidate is an accomplished investigator at the mid-to-late assistant professor level with an established record of independent research in a tenure-track .
  • Citizens and non-citizen permanent and temporary residents of the U.S. and Canada who are legally qualified to work in the U.S. or Canada are eligible.
  • Candidates who will be promoted to Associate Professor by November 15, 2021 are not eligible to apply.
  • It is strongly recommended that potential applicants review the Pre-proposal Forms and Resources document before accessing the eligibility questionnaire.
  • BWF strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.
  • BWF encourages submissions from those working in protozoan and metazoan parasites, protists, and fungi. Viral, bacterial, immune, and multi-species work is likewise encouraged. Work related to malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDs is appropriate for this program. BWF particularly encourages human health-relevant applications from veterinary scientists.
  • BWF encourages submissions focusing on climate change and its impact on the pathogenesis of infectious disease and human health.


  • July 16, 2021 Pre-proposal Deadline
  • October 1, 2021 Invitation to submit a full proposal
  • November 15, 2021 Application Deadline
  • April 26-27, 2022 Finalist Interviews
  • May 20, 2022 Notice of Award

Special Requirements

BWF requires that pre-proposals be approved and signed by an official responsible for sponsored programs.

If invited to submit a full proposal, please promptly contact your OSP officer to comply with process requirements and submission schedules.

Internal deadlines:

Call sent: May 26, 2021

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.

The Office of Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The FR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. FR 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 FR website.  FR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact