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Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface

Recognizing the vital role cross-trained scientists will play in furthering biomedical science, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund developed the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. The specific target group are researchers who have transitioned from graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences.

Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI)

BWF’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or temporary residents.

Scientific advances such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/ computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering.

Proposals that include deep or machine learning applications of artificial intelligence are particularly encouraged. Special consideration will also be given to proposals that investigate the connection between climate change and human health.

Special Considerations

  • BWF strongly encourages applications from persons historically underrepresented in science, including, women, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanic or LatinX, and indigenous peoples of the Americas (Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, First Nations people).
  • In addition to seeking participants from historically underrepresented groups, BWF is interested in increasing geographic diversity among candidates from the Central, Mountain and Southern States. We believe there is an ample amount of untapped talent at institutions that do not typically apply.
  • BWF believes that a diverse scientific workforce is essential to the process and advancement of research innovation, academic discovery and public service.


For more information, contact Senior Program Officer Dr. Kelly Rose at or Senior Program Associate Melanie Scott at

Application Procedures

Please refer to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund website for application procedures.

Eligibility Requirements

Please refer to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund website for eligibility requirements.

Evaluation Criteria

Please refer to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund website for evaluation criteria.


Annual Value

$500,000 USD over five years.