Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) (K12 Clinical Trial Optional)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

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, hereafter termed "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 (K12) 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.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): May 11, 2021
  • Application Due Date(s): June 11, 2021

RFA-OD-21-006 Expiration Date June 12, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.

The applicant institution must have a strong and high quality research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty, staff, potential scholars, and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement other ongoing career development programs occurring at the applicant institution and that a substantial number of program faculty will have active research projects in which participating Scholars may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals.



    Amount Description

    Applicants may request no more than $600,000 in direct costs per year.

    The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

        Funding Type





        Curriculum Development
        Medical - Basic Science
        Medical - Clinical Science
        Medical - Translational
        Social Sciences

        External Deadline

        June 11, 2021