A complete full proposal consists of fields submitted through the online Internet Grant Application Module (IGAM) application plus a single PDF attachment. The information in the data fields is carried over from the pre-proposal application, so please make sure the information is correct and update if needed. The detailed components of the complete full proposal are shown below:
Online full proposal form – available through IGAM (see invitation email):
- Applicant Information
- Applicant Demographics
- Institutional Information
- Signing Official Information
- Proposal Information
- Lay Abstract
Single PDF Attachment:
Prepare in advance the following required documents. Combine and order the supporting materials and upload into one (1) PDF file. Name the file using this format only:
LastName, FirstName PATH 2020 Full App
A. Institutional Letter of Support
BWF only makes grants to degree-granting institutions. Institutional information and the institutions’ submission signature must be from a degree-granting institution.
The Institutional Letter of support should be written on behalf of the applicant’s institution by the chair, dean, division director, or other senior official who can best communicate the institution’s commitment to the applicant and the applicant’s fit within the institution’s plans and ambitions. This statement of the institution’s investment in and commitment to the applicant’s scientific, academic, and personal development is a critical part of a successful application for this career development award. Letters that lack detail, specificity, or clear enthusiasm for the applicant and his or her career can undermine an otherwise competitive proposal.
- The letter should describe the focus and direction of the institution's research programs that are relevant to the proposed work and discuss how the applicant's research fits into the organization.
- The letter should also describe all program and institutional support that will be provided for the applicant, including such things as salary support, mentoring for career development, and protection of 75 percent of the grantee's time for research.
- The letter must contain a signature and a signature block and be on institutional letterhead.
- The letter should be forwarded to the applicant for inclusion in the on-line application.
B. Biosketch (CV)
Attach the biosketch that was submitted with the pre-proposal or submit an updated CV on the required template provided. No page limit.
C. Scientific Abstract (template provided)
Using the Abstract Form provided, describe the proposed work in a Scientific Abstract that is understandable to a multidisciplinary group of scientific reviewers.
D. Importance (template provided)
Using the Importance Form provided, describe how the aims presented here depart from or move beyond currently funded work or, if the first substantial Federal grant has not been reached beyond current proposals.
E. Research Plan (5-page limit)
In no more than five (5) pages (including figures, tables, graphs, and images), describe the Research Plan. It should be a complete, cohesive, and coherent scientific document that is easy to read. In the order listed below, the plan should describe:
- Specific aims.
- Background and significance.
- Experimental methods and procedures.
- Long-term objectives. If the applicant has received or applied to other sources for extended support to cover research in the area of this proposal, explain in detail how the research to be supported by BWF's award will differ from or enhance the research supported by the other sources.
- Use standard 11- or 12-point font for the text, and no smaller than a 9 to 10-point font for figures, legends, and tables. This requirement will be strictly enforced. Text must be single-spaced, with one-half inch or larger margins on all sides. Number the pages of the research plan. Do not include a table of contents or appendices. A bibliography is a separate required attachment and is not considered part of the five-page limit.
Provide a list of literature references directly relevant to the research plan. The bibliography is not included in the five-page limit for the research plan.
G. Budget and Budget justification (template provided)
Using the NIH-style Budget Form provided, prepare a budget that explains how the funds will be utilized, to include the following:
- List proposed research expenses in general categories (e.g., equipment, consumable supplies, and travel).
- Provide a summary justification of budget expenses.
- Justify any proposed use of the award for salary support for the applicant (for example, to allow time for mentoring trainees) or for other laboratory or personnel who will work with the applicant.
- No indirect costs may be charged against the grant. Student tuition and fees are not allowed, but student stipends are allowed.
- Award recipients are allowed up to $20,000 per year for their own salary support, including fringe benefits. There is no limit on use of the award for salary support for other laboratory or clinical personnel working with awardees.
- Equipment purchases beyond $20,000 per year and travel costs beyond $8,000 per year require written authorization from BWF.
H. Facilities and Resources (template provided)
Using the Facilities and Resources Form provided, describe the laboratory space, equipment, and other resources for research and training that will be available to the investigator.
Provide up to three publications or manuscripts submitted for publication that demonstrates the applicants’ capabilities and relevant research accomplishments.
- Manuscripts in preparation may not be submitted. At least one reprint is required and up to three are allowed.
J. Signature Page (template provided)
Using the Signature Form provided, complete the form including signature of the applicant, an authorized signing official of the degree-granting institution, and the contact information of the three recommenders.
Confidential Letters of Recommendation
Three confidential (blind) Letters of Recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's qualifications are required.
- One letter must be from a recommender not connected to the applicant’s institution or its affiliates.
- Letters of Recommendation should be on letterhead and include a signature block.
- Recommendations must not be viewed by the applicant.
- Each recommender must individually upload his/her Recommendation Letter in advance of the application deadline for the application to be submitted.
- It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the recommenders have submitted their letters on time. An application will not be considered complete without all three recommendation letters uploaded by the recommenders by the application deadline.
- Letters of collaboration will not be accepted.