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Opportunity for USA and Canada Academic Administrators to Participate in a Professional Development Program

Career Guidance for Trainees (CGT) Program Grant

GrantWatch ID# 167630
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/09/23 3:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA and Canada academic administrators to participate in a professional development program. The program is intended for early career administrators. The purpose of the funding is to support the development of programs to improve career readiness for scientists preparing for career transitions.

Moving from training to satisfying employment, whether within academe or in other realms, can require skills not always learned at the bench. Helping trainees understand, acquire, and demonstrate skills that make them ready for complex careers should be the goal of submitted projects.

The Career Guidance for Trainees (CGT) program provides grants to support demonstration projects that will model affordable, transferable approaches to improving trainees’ readiness for stable, fulfilling careers. 

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 Fund aims to advance good ideas that have the potential to be deployed at larger scales. FASEB’s Individual Development Plan, a tool that helps structure key conversations between trainee and advisor, and Preparing Future Faculty, a program that provides trainees opportunities to observe and experience faculty responsibilities, are two examples of high impact programs that started small and expanded. By citing them as examples, the Fund means to encourage potential applicants to think big. In these proposals, send ideas that could change how an organization like yours thinks about readying trainees for successful, fulfilling, happy careers that reflect the value of a scientific education.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be in an accredited doctoral degree-granting institution or other professionally-focused non-profit in the United States or Canada. Applicant organizations may submit multiple proposals, but an individual may only serve as a principal investigator on one.

This call for proposals is open to both single institutions and institutions working in partnerships. Academic institutions, professional societies, and advocacy organizations are among the appropriate drivers of proposals. Only non-profit institutions may be supported by BWF’s award, but nonprofits may involve for profit organizations in their proposals.

Institutions and organizations that have received an earlier CGT award are eligible to apply again.

This program does not support biomedical research projects proposed by individual investigators.

Indirect costs may not be charged against BWF grants.

Pre-Application Information
- Application deadline: February 9, 2023 (3:00PM EST)
- Notice of award: End of May 2023
- Grant payment: August 15, 2023


Estimated Size of Grant
The Career Guidance for Trainees (CGT) program provides grants of $15,000 - $25,000.

Term of Contract
Award start date: August 1, 2023
Award end date: July 31, 2024

Contact Information
Apply online:

Questions and eligibility inquiries should be directed in advance to BWF program staff by contacting:

Victoria McGovern, PhD, Senior Program Officer, 919-991-5112

Darcy Lewandowski, Program Associate, 919-991-5132

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
21 T.W. Alexander Drive
PO Box 13901
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3901
(919) 991-5100

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