2015 Scholar award available: NIH
K-12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) at
o MD or PhD Scholars will be considered who are pursuing a
research career in one of these areas of women’s health
placentation, lactation, fetal and neonatal programming
Health: obesity, menopause, aging, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD):
o Clinical Scholars must
hold the MD or DO, have completed their clinical training, and demonstrate a
commitment to pursuing a successful career involving research in women’s
o Candidates must be U.S.
citizens, nationals or permanent resident aliens.
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, July 1, 2015.
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 June 8, 2015.
Underrepresented minorities who meet the
program requirements are particularly urged to apply.
Application requirements include significant
research experience for all applicants, completion of a clinical fellowship for
an MD or DO
The application must include:
vitae including training history, awards, bibliography, presentations.
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.
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
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
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 an annual 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.
materials except letters of reference should be submitted together by email to
Rachel Aerne whose email address is Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters of reference should clearly state the
name of the applicant and be submitted directly to the above address.
IV Review Criteria
Criteria to be used for selection of scholars
1) Excellence of
training and, for clinician-scientists, board eligibility or completion;
2) Evidence of a high level of scholarship;
4) Clarity of the statement of career direction
5. Excellence of the scientific proposals submitted
5) Letters of recommendation
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
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.
Appendix 1: BIRCWH
placentation, lactation, fetal and neonatal programming
Steve Abman, MD
Linda Barbour, MD
Jacob Friedman, PhD
William Hay Jr, MD
Nancy Krebs, MD
Anne Lynch, 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
Jane Reusch, MD
Nanette Santoro, MD
Margaret Wierman, MD
Phillip Zeitler, MD
Questions about the program should be addressed
Principal Investigator and Program Director for the Colorado BIRCWH.
BIRCWH FAQs and REGULATIONS