Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Travel Grants

The Collaborative Research Travel Grant (CRTG) program provides up to $15,000 in support for relatively unrestricted travel funds to academic scientists (faculty and postdocs) at U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions.  Grants must be used for domestic or international travel to another lab to learn new research techniques or begin or continue a collaboration to address biomedical questions.  All proposals must be cross-disciplinary.  Applicants with a doctoral degree in the physical, mathematical, or engineering sciences working on a biological problem are encouraged to apply.  Conversely, proposals from biological scientists who desire to collaborate with a physical scientist, mathematician, or engineer are also encouraged to apply. 


Application Procedures

1. Eligibility Quiz. All applicants will be required to complete a web-based questionnaire assessing their eligibility to apply for this award. If eligibility criteria are met, applicants will automatically be directed to the application form.

2. Application. A completed application consists of data entry fields submitted through the online Internet Grant Application Module (IGAM) plus a single PDF attachment. The 2017 application deadline was February 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Proposal Elements:  

  • Applicant’s biosketch (five-page limit, NIH-style)  
  • Lay abstract (one page) n Research plan (3-page limit)
  • Supporting letter from the host or collaborator
  • Biosketch or CV from the host (including publications; 5-page limit)
  • Detailed budget (template required)
  • Institutional certification form (template provided)
  • Signature page form (template provided)

All communications, including notification of awards and declinations, will be made through email.

BWF does not provide critiques or written comments of unfunded proposals.

Eligibility Summary

  • Postdoctoral fellows or faculty at U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions are eligible to apply.
  • Grants must be made to U.S. or Canadian degree granting institutions only.
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering at the time of application and interested in investigating research opportunities in the biological sciences are eligible. Biologists holding a doctorate degree at the time of application who are interested in working with physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers, chemists, statisticians, or computer scientists to incorporate their ideas and approaches to answering biological questions are eligible to apply.
  • Only proposals addressing questions in the biomedical sciences will be accepted. n 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 are temporary U.S. residents must hold a valid U.S. visa (J-1, H1B, F-1 or O-1 visas).
  • Temporary Canadian residents must hold a valid Canadian visa (Study Permit, C-43, C-44, C-10, or C-20 work permits/visas).
  • If you are a postdoctoral applicant, your visa status must allow you to remain in the U.S. or Canada during the project period of the grant. If a grant is awarded and your visa does not allow for such a stay, BWF may terminate the grant. BWF will not intercede on behalf of non-citizens whose stay in the U.S. or Canada falls out of visa compliance.
  • An authorized official at the applicant’s degree-granting institution must verify candidate’s immigration status as part of the application.

Evaluation Criteria

Selection is made on the basis of the proposal’s scientific quality of the proposed activities and the career development potential and impact of the collaboration/visit. BWF does not provide critiques or written comments of unfunded proposals.

Annual Value

Up to $15,000 USD