Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Organization Overview


The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. Within this broad mandate, BWF’s general strategy is to help scientists early in their careers develop as independent investigators and to support investigators who are working in or entering fields in the basic medical sciences that are undervalued or in need of encouragement. We channel our financial support primarily through competitive peer-reviewed award programs, which encompass five major categories: basic biomedical sciences, infectious diseases, interfaces in science, translational research, and science education. BWF makes approximately $35 million in grants annually to institutions in the United States and Canada.