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Grants to USA and Canada Academic Researchers to Support Projects in Regulatory Science

Innovation in Regulatory Science Award (IRSA)

GrantWatch ID# 178597
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: 02/10/23 3:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Canada academic researchers affiliated with North American degree-granting institutions for the development of innovative approaches and new methodologies in regulatory science. Proposals initiated by researchers from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) recognizes Regulatory Science as an important yet underfunded area of research. With this initiative, BWF aims to provide research support to stimulate innovation 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.

For information regarding eligible uses of funds, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants can only be made to non-profit degree-granting institutions [501(c)(3) or equivalent] in the U.S. or Canada on behalf of the award recipient.

Eligibility Requirements:
- 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., D.O., D.Phil., Pharm.D., 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.
- 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; grants are made to the institutions on behalf of the award recipients.
- Candidates must be an investigator at the adjunct, assistant, associate, or full professor level.
- 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, C44, C-10, or C-20 work permits/visas). 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. may be limited by their visa status. Your institution must verify your immigration status as part of your application.

BWF strongly encourages applications from persons who have been historically underrepresented in the research enterprise, including but not limited to: women of any ethnic or racial group; any person identifying as Black or African American, Latino/a or Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, indigenous to the Pacific Islands; persons with disabilities; persons from disadvantaged backgrounds (see for examples); and individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+.

- Postdocs are not eligible.
- Candidates who currently hold a BWF award are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Application deadline: February 10, 2023 (3:00 pm ET)
- Finalists notified: By the end of April 2023
- Finalist interviews: June 6-7, 2023
- Notice of award: July 2023
- Awards begin: September 1, 2023

Two confidential letters of recommendation are required for the application. Note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the confidential letters are submitted by the deadline due date.

Candidates may only submit one application per award cycle.

Note: 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 with questions about their eligibility must contact BWF in advance of the proposal deadline. BWF will make no exceptions to its policies.

Selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their research during interviews with the advisory committee.

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Estimated Size of Grant
The Foundation provides up to $500,000

Term of Contract
Grants will provide funding over a five-year period and are expected to begin in September 1, 2023.

Contact Information
Submit a Proposal:

Eligibility inquiries should be directed in advance to BWF program staff by contacting:

Tammy Collins, PhD, Program Officer

Melanie Scott, Senior Program Associate

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

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