available: NIH K-12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in
Women’s Health (BIRCWH) at UC Denver.
I. General Information
o Scholars will be considered who are pursuing a research
career in one of these areas of women’s health
o Pregnancy: placentation, lactation, fetal and neonatal
o Adult Health: obesity, menopause, aging, diabetes and
cardiovascular disease (CVD):
o Clinical Scholars must hold the MD or DO (we are
required by NIH to have at least half of our Scholars be MD or DO and the two
most recent Scholars are PhDs), have completed their clinical training, and
demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a successful career involving research in
women’s health/sex differences.
o Candidates must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent
o Applicants who are eligible to become faculty and junior
faculty who have just initiated an academic career are eligible to apply.
All applicants must be tenure eligible.
A two year award designed to support junior
faculty who are interested in a career in women's health research will be
available, January 1, 2014. Salary and some program support will be provided to
the successful applicant for two years with the possibility of renewal for a 3rd
year. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply following the attached
instructions. The application is due at 5:00
PM on November 15, 2013.
minorities who meet the program requirements are particularly urged to apply.
requirements include significant research experience for all applicants,
completion of a clinical fellowship for an MD or DO
The application must
(1)Curriculum vitae including training history, awards,
(2)A detailed personal statement (maximum 2 pages)
demonstrating a commitment to a career in women’s health/sex difference
research, outlining personal strengths that will insure success in this
endeavor, and stating why the individual should be chosen for the program.
Applicants are urged to choose an approved BIRCWH mentor (see Appendix 1 below
for list) and explain why they have chosen the mentor and how they will work
together. If an applicant wishes to work with a primary mentor who is not
on the list, that individual must work in one of the areas outlined
above. The Program Director will assist in obtaining NIH approval for an
appropriate mentor not already on the list below.
(3)A description of the applicant’s research experience
(maximum 3 pages). The section should describe prior projects/experience that
demonstrate the applicant’s ability to perform clinical, translational,
epidemiological or basic research.
(4)A description of the steps the applicant expects to take
to become an independent investigator in the area of women’s health research
(maximum 3 pages). Potential research projects should be described as
well as any necessary course work.
(5)A letter from the applicant’s department chair or
division chief confirming that the applicant will have at least 75% time for pursuit of his/her
research program. In addition this letter should provide
assurance that the applicant is entering into a tenure eligible position (preferably
Assistant Professor) and set forth the other means by which the
department/division will support the applicant’s proposed research program.
This must include an agreement to support the rest of the Scholar’s salary if
not fully covered by the BIRCWH as well as a commitment of $10,000 towards
project support for the Scholar.
(6)A minimum of three (but not more than five) letters of
reference sent directly to the BIRCWH program office (address below)
demonstrating evidence of the applicant’s strength in or support for the
proposed areas of research. One of these letters should come from the
applicant’s proposed mentor.
All application materials except letters of reference should
be submitted together by email to Rachel Aerne whose email address is Rachel.email@example.com
Letters of reference
should clearly state the name of the applicant and be submitted directly to the
Criteria to be used for
selection of scholars include:
Excellence of training and, for clinician-scientists, board eligibility or
2) Evidence of a high
level of scholarship;
4) Clarity of the
statement of career direction and goals;
5. Excellence of the
scientific proposals submitted
5) Letters of
6) Clarity of the
vision of both applicant and mentor as to career goals and commitment to
research in women’s health
7) Clear evidence of
career support from the Department Chair.
Each application will
be pre-reviewed by the Program Directors for compliance with application
rules. Copies of all accepted applications will be available to all
members of the Selection Committee, and each candidate will be evaluated in
detail by at least two members, with written reviews being provided.
Review assignments will be made by the Program Directors. After full
Selection Committee discussion, NIH-style priority scores will be assigned by
secret ballot, and the scores averaged and ranked. Any Selection
Committee member with a conflict of interest will leave the room during the
entire review and discussion of the applicant. Applicants will be
notified in writing of the outcome of the review and sent edited written
reviews as soon as feasible. Candidates who are not selected as BIRCWH
Scholars are encouraged to meet with the Program Directors to review their
application to determine whether and how it may be strengthened for
re-application or application for other K awards.
1: BIRCWH Mentors:
placentation, lactation, fetal and neonatal programming
Linda Barbour, MD
William Hay Jr, MD
Nancy Krebs, MD
Anne Lynch, MD
Marilyn Manco-Johnson, MD
James McManaman, PhD
Randall Ross, MD
Susan Boackle, MD
Tasha Fingerlin, PhD
Michael Holers, MD
Philippa Marrack, PhD
Jill Norris, PhD, Preventive Medicine;
David Schwartz, MD
Adult Health: obesity, menopause, aging, diabetes and
cardiovascular disease (CVD)
Chris DeSouza, PhD
Robert Eckel, MD
Mark Geraci, MD
James Hill, PhD
Wendy Kohrt, PhD
Leslie Leinwand, PhD
Deborah Main, PhD
Judith Regensteiner, PhD
Jane Reusch, MD
Nanette Santoro, MD
Margaret Wierman, MD
Phillip Zeitler, MD
Questions about the program should be
addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org,
Principal Investigator and Program Director for the Colorado BIRCWH.