The Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation is devoted to providing financial support for basic research in the biomedical sciences. The Foundation recognizes that discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences for the public's good depends on the training and support of the highest quality young scientists in the very best research environments. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation offers a Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences for researchers working in San Diego County. The purpose of the award is to foster the development of biomedical researchers who are early in their careers, during the critical transition to becoming independent investigators. The Foundation supports research across the spectrum of the biomedical sciences, including: biochemistry; cell, developmental, molecular, and structural biology; endocrinology; immunology; microbiology; neurobiology; physiology; virology.