The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.

Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research.  Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible. The previously funded individuals (or researchers) are listed in the Grant Recipients section of this program.

Application Process:

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 be automatically directed to the web-based proposal form.

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


For a full explanation of the eligibility requirements, view the Request for Proposals here.

Note:  BWF will make up to two additional awards to clinically trained psychiatrists who focus on research at the interface between neuroscience and psychiatry.  These proposals must clearly demonstrate evidence of integration of neuroscience and psychiatry in project design. 

  • 2019 Program Cycle CAMS has moved from an institutional nomination to a self-nomination process.
  • There is no longer a limit on the number of applicants from any institution. Citizenship requirements have changed and are detailed under Eligibility Requirements. Only proposals from accredited degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada will be accepted.

If you are interested in nominating a candidate for this award, please coordinate with the Foundation Services Director, Aaron Shonk at

Application deadline: October 1, 2018 4pm (Eastern)

Date Open: 
Friday, July 11, 2014
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Agency Deadline: 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Important Notes: 
No longer a limit on number of applicants from an institution.