• Proposal: 05/29/2019


  • Amount: up to $600,000
  • Duration: 5 years


The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and participating NIH Institutes and Centers invite institutional career development award applications for Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Programs. Programs will support mentored research career development of junior faculty members, known as BIRCWH Scholars, who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships, and who will be engaged in interdisciplinary basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research relevant to the health of women and, where appropriate, the use of both sexes to better understand the influence of sex as a biological variable on health and disease.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) allows appointment of Scholars proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial; or proposing a separate ancillary clinical trial; or proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator, as part of their research and career development. The clinical trial must be a NIH-defined clinical trial. Scholars may also propose fundamental research or human subjects research that is not a clinical trial.

The objectives of this BIRCWH initiative are to increase the number and skills of investigators through a mentored research and career development experience leading to an independent scientific career that will benefit the health of women; advance research on sex/gender influences on health; and encourage interdisciplinary research methodology. This BIRCWH FOA will provide opportunities for an interdisciplinary, mentored career development experience that would otherwise not be available to facilitate the transition to research independence for junior faculty researchers who are conducting interdisciplinary research relevant to the health of women.

Interdisciplinary mentoring teams are essential to the BIRCWH Program, and as such, an inter-professional, team-based approach for mentoring BIRCWH Scholars is expected. These teams should include mentors from diverse disciplines to carry out interdisciplinary projects. Team members may include individuals from medical, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, biotechnology, social sciences, anthropology, genetics, and other disciplines representing different perspectives and areas of expertise. These teams come together to collaborate as a unit, with the common goal of supporting a BIRCWH Scholar in the transition from trainee to independent researcher. In this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the interdisciplinary team approach is applied to the study of the health of women across the lifespan, bridging basic and clinical science and incorporating new models of collaboration and institutional support. Proposed Programs must ensure the integration of interdisciplinary mentoring teams.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program.

The PD/PI will be responsible for the selection and appointment of Scholars to the approved career development program, and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program.

The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. Unless a separate Research Director position is proposed, the PD/PI has responsibility for the day to day administration of the program and is responsible for appointing members of the required Advisory Committee, using their recommendations to determine the appropriate allotment of funds.