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BIRCWH K12 Call for Proposals
October 1, 2014 (5:00PM CDT)
Program Start Date
January 1, 2015
The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program is soliciting applications for support from junior faculty Ph.D., M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. scientists pursuing a research career in areas relevant to women’s health.
The BIRCWH Program at Washington University was established to promote the performance of research and transfer of findings that will benefit the health of women. This Program supports the research career development of up to four junior faculty members who will carry the title of Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research (IWHR) Scholars. The Program targets individuals who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships. A major goal of the Program is to promote the career development of scientists interested in addressing research problems relevant to Women’s Health. These problems include autoimmune disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, complications of pregnancy, depression, diabetes/obesity/metabolism, epidemiology/health services research, genetics/pharmacogenomics, infectious diseases, and osteoporosis.
The Program will
- Provide formal, individualized didactic training for appropriate IWHR Scholar
- Provide protected time (75% or greater) for a mentored research experience for all Scholars
- Fund travel to the national meeting of the Organization for Research on Women’s Health (ORWH). This is an opportunity to present your work and to interact with national leaders in the field.
The Program is intended to contribute to the career development of three types of scholars
- Individuals with prior research experience and a particular interest in research that will benefit Women’s Health. At the time of their application, scholars may not have more than six years of research training experience beyond their last doctoral degree.
- M.D.s who have completed a subspecialty fellowship involving research training and wish to pursue research that will benefit Women’s Health.
- Individuals who have not served as the Principal Investigator or equivalent on a NIH- R01, K01, K08, P01, P50, U54 (or their equivalent).
The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency status. The successful applicant will receive annual salary support up to $75,000 plus fringes, travel and some supplies and other expenses. The total award is $100,000 annually. The duration of support is from two to five years, and will vary due to the individualized nature of the Program.
We solicit short applications consisting of the following
- Candidate’s NIH formatted biographical sketch (8/12 rev.)
- Statement regarding prior research training (less than one page)
- Title of research plan (not to exceed 81 characters)
- Scientific Abstract (½ page or less)
- Relevance of the Project to Women’s Health
- Specific Aims (1-page)
- Research Strategy (not to exceed five (5) pages
The research strategy should follow NIH guidelines (which can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html ; PHS 398 Instructions – 8/2012 Revision, Part I, Section 5.5.3). Please use 11pt. Arial font with ½” margins on NIH continuation page. Please also include the following:
- Statement regarding Long Term Career Objectives of the Candidate (not to exceed ½ page).
- Three Letters of Recommendation. Letters are requested from persons with considerable prior exposure to the candidate and sufficient understanding of their capabilities. Appropriate persons might include a clinical fellowship director, thesis supervisor, postdoctoral fellowship supervisor, etc.
- Indicate who would be named as Mentors, if selected, and provide a NIH formatted biographical sketch (including personal statement, selected peer-reviewed publications, and following NIH’s publications guideline: in accordance with P.L. 110-161, compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy is now mandatory. For more information, see NOT-OD-08-033 and the Public Access website: http://publicaccess.nih.gov/ ) for these individuals. The BIRCWH is a mentored career award. Two mentors are required for each Scholar. In addition the successful applicant will be expected to form a career development committee.
- Name and contact information of three outside reviewers willing to evaluate the applications.
The major criteria for evaluation will be candidate
- Have a clinical doctorate or Ph.D. degree, or its equivalent (for M.D and M.D/Ph.D. applicants, completion of clinical training as well as subspecialty training involving research training).
- Hold a junior faculty appointment at time of award.
- Have demonstrated excellence in previous work and substantial potential for a research career.
- Relevance of the Proposed Project to Women’s Health
- Scientific Approach
Given the nature of this Program, preliminary data will not be required. However, evidence of concrete thinking about the problem to be addressed will be required.
The deadline for receipt of the BIRCWH applications is October 1, 2014. This information should be sent to Sherry Ellis, Campus Box 8127, or delivered by 5:00 P.M. to room 5506 Wohl Hospital. Please send, via e-mail, all items that are readily available to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries regarding the Program should be directed to Drs. Semenkovich or Baranski.