Innovation in Regulatory Science Grant Program

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

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Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 15, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Canada, United States

Location of citizenship: Canada, United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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The Burroughs Wellcome Fund identified Innovation in Regulatory Science as an important, underfunded area. This initiative is designed to provide financial support to stimulate research efforts in this area. The program's focus is on providing support for academic researchers developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions FDA and others make. This would necessarily draw upon the talents of individuals trained in mathematics, computer science, applied physics, medicine, engineering, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and systems pharmacology, to name a few.

These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have a faculty or adjunct faculty appointment at a North American degree-granting institution.  Awards are made to degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada on behalf of the awardee.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Candidates may self-nominate but need to obtain approval by an official for sponsored programs at the institution where the work will be performed.
  • Candidates must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M., D.D.S.,  or M.D.-Ph.D. degree
  • Candidates must be based at a non-profit institution  [501(c)(3) or equivalent] in the U.S. or Canada; grants are made to the institutions on behalf of the award recipient. 
  • Candidates must hold a faculty position, tenure-track or non-tenure track, or adjunct faculty position at an accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada.
  • Candidates must be an investigator at the adjunct, assistant, associate, or full professor level.
  • Candidates must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application.
  • Candidates may submit only one application.
  • Applications must be submitted by the principal or primary investigator (PI). The PI may have up to a total of two co-investigators. Co-investigators need not be  at the same institution; however, one person must be designated as the primary investigator, and must meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Candidates must agree to the Terms of Grant


  • BWF strongly  encourages applications from women and underrepresented  minorities,  including  Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or  Latinos, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives or Native Hawaiians.


  • Persons who have applied for permanent resident status but  have not received their government documentation by the time of the application deadline are ineligible.
  • Temporary residents of the U.S. or Canada are ineligible.
  • Postdocs are ineligible.
  • Candidates who currently hold a BWF award are ineligible.
  • Indirect costs may not be charged against BWF grants.