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Collaborative Research Travel Grant (CRTG)

Grants to USA and Canada Scientists and Trainees for
Travel Costs Associated with Biomedical Research

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

Deadline Date:

02/01/19 4:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $15,000 to academic scientists or trainees at USA and Canada degree-granting institutions for travel funds associated with biomedical research. Trainees can be post-doctoral candidates or fellows. Grants are intended for domestic or international travel to another lab for collaborations to address biomedical questions or to learn new research techniques. All proposals must be cross-disciplinary.

Food, lodging, airfare, and ground transportation on behalf of awardee are allowed including consumable supplies and materials that are research related to the collaboration between the award recipient and host are covered. In addition, BWF will also allow up to $500 of incidental expenses accrued by the host to be charged to the grant.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176944

Number of Grants:

Approximately 30–40 grants will be awarded in this cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000; the average grant has traditionally funded at $7,500.

Term of Contract:

The award period begins June 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2020. No exceptions or extensions will be approved.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 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 degreegranting 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.
- 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.
- BWF strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives or Native Hawaiians.
- The Collaborative Research Travel Grant can only be made to degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada. An Internal Revenue Service determination letter of the institution’s tax exempt 501(c)(3) status will be required by BWF staff if said letter is not on file in its database.
- Candidates who are affiliated with Burroughs Wellcome Fund or currently hold an active award must contact BWF staff prior to beginning an application to determine eligibility prior to the deadline date.
- The grant covers sabbaticals.


- Grants cannot be used for travel to conferences/ meeting/courses, to cover salary support, or to purchase computers or equipment. However, grants may be used for laboratory consumables.
- No indirect or overhead charges can be applied to grant.
- The grant is for the benefit of the award recipient only and not intended to cover expenses for other traveling companions. Only travel related expenses directly related to the proposed activity plan incurred personally by the award recipient may be charged to the grant.
- This grant is not bi-directional or reciprocal for the collaborator/host.
- Public health, health policy, and epidemiology proposals, or large-scale clinical trials will not be accepted.
- Proposals containing multiple collaborators or institutions are discouraged.
- This grant is not open to researchers at NIH institutions.
- Previous travel grant recipients are eligible to reapply provided five years or more have passed since their last CRTG application submission.
- Multiple visits to the collaborator's lab are possible, but scheduling more than three airline flights during the project period is discouraged.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

- Grant application portal available by November 5, 2018
- Application deadline: February 1, 2019, 4:00 pm ET
- Notice of award: May 21, 2019
- Award start date: June 1, 2019
- Grant payment: July 15, 2019
- Award end date: December 31, 2020

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.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants review the Request for Proposals document prior to accessing the eligibility questionnaire.

All communications, including notification of awards and declinations, will be made through email. BWF does not provide critiques or written comments of unfunded proposals.

Awards are made to U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions on behalf of the awardees. The awardee’s institution is responsible for disbursing the funds and for maintaining adequate supporting records and receipts of expenditures.

Please note: An authorized official at the applicant’s degree-granting institution must verify candidate’s immigration status as part of the application.

Forms and Resources:


If your question is not answered after reviewing the FAQs, email Debra Holmes with "2019 CRTG" as the subject line.

Contact Information:

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

To begin the online application process:

To return to an application already in progress:

Program Contacts:
Debra Holmes, Senior Program Associate
Phone: 919/991-5134

Kendra Tucker, Senior Programs Assistant
Phone: 919/991-5115

Rolly L. Simpson, Jr., Senior Program Officer, 919-991-5110

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

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