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Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH)

The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program is a mentored junior faculty development program for scientists and scientist physicians who wish to build a career in women’s health research or sex difference research.  This program is supported by the Office of Research on Women’s Health of the National Institutes of Health.  The junior faculty submit an application, and the BIRCWH scholars are chosen by a committee. The BIRCWH program connects these BIRCWH Scholars to senior faculty with shared research interests.  Dr. Judy Regensteiner, Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research, is Principal Investigator for the BIRCWH program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. This highly competitive $2.5 million 5-year grant provides 2-3 years of funding for up to 8 early career researchers who are dedicated to women’s health or sex differences research. The University of Colorado School of Medicine is one of 28 BIRCWH sites in the country.  

Click here to learn more about the BIRCWH program and the current BIRCWH scholars.


NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health
(BIRCWH) K12 Scholar Training Program​


Announcement Date: February 28, 2019

LOI Deadline: March 22, 2019

Application Deadline: April 19, 2019 (by invitation only)

Award Notification: May 17, 2019

The University of Colorado Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program (K12 HD057022) is an internal K12 grant mechanism funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that fosters mentored research career development of junior faculty (men and women) who wish to develop independent careers focused on women’s health or sex differences research. Two years of support guaranteed, with a 3rd being negotiable.


• Must attend BIRCWH-related events including BIRCWH Conferences and annual BIRCWH meeting at NIH.

• Up to $100,000 salary exclusive of fringe (75% salary for MDs, 100% for PhDs)

• Departments/Divisions must commit to providing salary above the $100,000 limit from BIRCWH if there is a salary gap.

• Departments/Divisions must also commit to providing $10,000 for project support for the successful candidates for each year of funding awarded (independent of salary gap augmentation).

• One BIRCWH position will be awarded for this cycle.

• Must be Instructor or Assistant Professor (in rank ≤ 6 years).

• Must be a MD, PhD or DO.

• Areas of focus for the BIRCWH include:

• Pregnancy, Lactation and Developmental Programming of Health and Disease

• Immunology/Precision Medicine/Rheumatology

• Adult Health: Obesity, Menopause, Aging, Nutrition, Metabolism, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Phase I – Request for Letters of Intent (LOI)

Letters of Intent for those interested in the BIRCWH grant are due on March 22, 2019 by 5:00 pm Mountain Time. Selected applicants will be invited by the BIRCWH Leadership to complete a full application.

LOI Submission Guidelines

The LOIs should be no more than two pages in length and include the following:

 • Scholar name, Rank, Department/Division, School/College

 • Potential primary mentor and mentoring team, including Rank, Department/Division, School/Dept. of each team member.

 • Project title & priority area being addressed by this study.

 • Draft aims and a draft of significance of research.

 • Statement of commitment to women’s health and/or sex differences research.

 • Scholar’s biosketch (not included in page maximum).

 • List of publications (not included in page maximum).

Submissions should be sent in a combined PDF file to by 5:00 pm MT on March 22, 2019.

Questions: Contact Judy Regensteiner, PhD at 303-724-2247 or