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Career Guidance for Trainees (CGT) Grants

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits and IHEs for
Programs that Train Scientists for Fulfilling Careers

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Funding Source:

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

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Deadline Date:

03/07/19 2:00 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 to USA and Canada nonprofits, IHEs, professional societies, and advocacy organizations for projects that prepare scientists-in-training for stable, fulfilling careers. Funding is intended for programs that have the potential for affordable large-scale deployment. Helping trainees understand, acquire, and demonstrate skills that make them ready for complex careers should be the goal of submitted proposals.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund will support pilot projects that demonstrate practical approaches to readying scientists for career transitions. Projects may be meant to enhance trainees’ understanding of jobs beyond the Academy, or of career trajectories within academe, or of the flexibility of scientists’ intellectual skill set.

The funding source is seeking to support programs that could change how an organization thinks about readying trainees for successful, fulfilling, happy careers that reflect the value of a scientific education. Specifically, to support demonstration projects that will model affordable approaches to improving trainees’ readiness for stable, fulfilling careers, whether by clarifying and improving their basic “Ph.D.-level” skills, by helping them identify how they can best use their skills and interests to serve the needs of potential employers, by providing them approaches to thinking through their career options, or by other strategies.

Eligible proposals will include rationale/vision for the project, including who it is intended to impact and how it will change their career readiness. Proposals will also describe, in detail, the project, how it will be delivered to trainees, strategies for evaluating its potential impact, and if successful, how the project could be expanded to reach more trainees.

Salaries of support personnel and materials appropriate to administering the work should be included as direct costs. Reasonable and justified consultant costs may be included in the budget. Benefits are direct costs.

Selection will be based on the logic of the proposed activity, its potential impact on trainees' career preparation, and its potential for being affordably deployed at a larger scale.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167630

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Program provides grants of from $30,000 to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be provided over a one year period: August 1, 2019 - July 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be in an accredited doctoral degree-granting institution or other professionally focused nonprofit in the United States or Canada. Academic institutions, professional societies, and advocacy organizations are among the appropriate drivers of proposals.
- Applications will be accepted by single institutions and institutions working in partnerships. Proposals in which professional societies serving different fields or sectors collaborate with one another are encouraged, as are proposals between different units or schools within an academic institution. At a typical institution, partnerships between, for example, departments of biochemistry and cell biology would not be allowed, but partnerships between departments of immunology and rhetoric, or cell biology and finance, would.
- For-profit companies may not submit applications or be supported by the award but may be included in proposed activities.
- Institutions and organizations that have received an earlier CGT award are eligible to apply again.

Applicant organizations may submit multiple proposals, but an individual may only serve as a principal investigator on one.

Ineligible Expenses:
- This program does not support biomedical research projects proposed by individual investigators.
- Indirect costs may not be charged against the grant.
- Continuations or extensions of earlier-funded proposals will not be considered in this round of CGT funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Conference calls will be held on January 9, 2019 (12:00 PM, ET), and February 5, 2019 (3:00 PM, ET) to provide general information similar to that found in the online material. The conference calls are meant to provide a broad sense of the program.

The Conference Call Dial-In Number can be found in the Contacts below.

These conference calls are not meant to substitute for individual conversations with program staff, but rather provide an opportunity to ask general questions about the grant submission procedure and to help potential applicants understand the program’s aims.

Pre-Application Information:

- Full Proposal Deadline: March 7, 2019 by 2:00 PM EST
- Award Notification: Late May, 2019
- Award Begins: August 1, 2019
- Grant payment: August 15, 2019
- Award Ends: July 31, 2020

BWF now requires that all applications for this program be submitted electronically. Paper applications and faxed documents will not be accepted.

Awardees will be notified by the last week of May. Before the grant is made, successful applicant partner organizations will develop and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with one another to formalize their understanding and agreement about how their partnerships will work.


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Conference Call Dial-In Number:
Password: BWF

Apply online:

Potential applicants are always encouraged to contact the program officer, Victoria McGovern, directly at 919-991-5112 or to talk more specifically about proposals.

For questions about the electronic application, please contact :
Muno Sekhon, Program Associate

Ruth Reynolds, Sr. Program Asst.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
21 T. W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-991-5100

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