A funding opportunity is available for early-career faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison whose research focuses on women’s health or sex and gender differences.

UW–Madison has been awarded a $3 million, five-year institutional career development grant from the National Institutes of Health to support assistant professors who wish to develop independent careers focused on these areas.

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) is a mentored career-development program designed to improve women’s health by developing a scientific workforce capable of leading independently funded research programs. UW BIRCWH provides career development opportunities through competency-based curricular activities, mentored research training, and pioneering new approaches to team science and career coaching. It is led by Multiple-PIs Elizabeth Burnside, MD, MPH, MS, Associate Dean of Team Science and Interdisciplinary Research; Marsha Mailick, PhD, Vaughan Bascom and Elizabeth M. Boggs Professor and Emeritus Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education; and Beth Meyerand, PhD, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.

“Interdisciplinary women’s health research thrives at UW–Madison because of the overall climate of excellence, stellar research career development programs, and dedication to collaboration between diverse disciplines. This exceptional tradition provides an outstanding environment to foster the next generation of leaders in women’s health research,” says Burnside.

Applications are being accepted through April 6, 2020. The application form and additional information is available on the UW BIRCWH website. Applicants should plan to attend a mandatory informational session on either February 26 or March 4. Application guidelines and instructions are available online.

The program is committed to building a diverse and inclusive learning environment, and invites applications from diverse candidates across a wide spectrum of dimensions (gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, discipline, etc.) who meet the eligibility requirements.

The anticipated start date of the program is July 1, 2020.