University of Southern California


Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) – Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH)

Slots:                                                    Two                      
Nomination per School:               Two
Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.    
LOI:                                                        N/A                       
Internal Deadline:                           August 25, 2014
External Deadline:                          November 3, 2014
Award Information:                       Anticipated Amount: This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years

Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.).
CV – (4 pages maximum)

Link to Award:

Purpose: This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact.

The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease 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 human and microbial systems connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of this encounter: how colonization, infection, commensalism and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones.

Researchers who start from the human host are encouraged to apply, as are those whose focus has been more often trained on microbes and macrobes that are sometimes pathogens. Throughout this announcement, when we talk about “microbes,” we also include the sometimes large, sometimes multicellular pathogens including protists and worms.