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- BIRCWH scholars must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree or its equivalent;
- Not be or have been a PD/PI on an R01, R29 or sub-project of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) grant, independent mentored career development (K-series) grants, or other equivalent research grant awards; except for R03 and R21;
- Only U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals, or an individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence who possesses an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551), or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident prior to appointment, are eligible to accept a BIRCWH appointment. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
- Research to be conducted in the U.S.
NOTE: Beginning with the 2014 application cycle, applicants who wish to propose work that is done in an international setting are not eligible to be funded by the BIRCWH Program. This includes “performance of any significant scientific element or segment outside of a project outside of the United States, either by the grantee or by a researcher employed by a foreign organization, whether or not grant funds are expended.” Activities that would meet this definition include, but are not limited to:
- The involvement of human subjects or animals
- Extensive foreign travel by grantee project staff for the purpose of data collection, surveying, sampling, and similar activities, or
- Any activity of the grantee that may have an impact on U.S. foreign policy through involvement in the affairs or environment of a foreign country. Examples of other grant-related activities that may be significant are:
- Collaborations with investigators at a foreign site anticipated to result in co-authorship;
- Use of facilities or instrumentation at a foreign site; or
- Receipt of financial support or resources from a foreign entity
- Applicants with an interest in Global Health should contact Dr. Ben Chi, Associate Professor, Global Women’s Health
NOTE: Applications will be due in a month. Follow the CWHR Newsletter, Facebook or Twitter for an announcement that the online application form has been published (in early Fall). Applicants may prepare their applications following the format on this site and should save the sections for future upload by the deadline date.
If you decide to submit an application, please notify Susan Pusek of your intent to apply and a working title so the assignment of reviewers can be expedited. A working title is required to submit an application.
Page limitations have been noted for certain sections. Please adhere to them as one of the criteria for BIRCWH review (and NIH review) is the ability to describe your research plan within the page limits.
You may submit a budget for up to $25,000 per year for 3 years. The exact amount to be received will depend on the Scholar’s salary and benefits during the appointment period. Applicants are encouraged to identify other sources of support (e.g. mentor’s grants, departmental funds) that are available to the scholar as supplemental research support for the proposed project. These could be mentioned in the text of the proposal and/or in letters of support.
All applications will be reviewed by our Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee using a process analogous to an NIH review of individual K-awards. Some important factors that this committee considers are:
- The potential for the applicant to be a successful independent investigator based on research and academic productivity to date
- The feasibility and rigor of the proposed research
- The degree to which the applicant describes how the research is significant in an area of women’s health and describes a career plan pursuing women’s health
- The likelihood of the applicant having sufficient preliminary data to submit a grant by the end of the second year. This may be an investigator initiated research grant or a career development grant to NIH or another organization
- The training plan, including a clear rationale for why additional training is needed
- The quality of the mentoring team
- The support from the Department/Division Chief
Please note that, per NIH rules, applicants cannot be appointed to the BIRCWH program if they have an individual K award awaiting scoring and/or funding decision from the NIH. The funding status of a submitted K or K-type grant must be known prior to appointment to the BIRCWH.
Once the application is submitted, two members of the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee will be assigned as reviewers.
All UNC and external applicants will meet members of the UNC BIRCWH Leadership Team. The purpose of this meeting is to answer questions from applicants regarding the review process, program requirements or logistics. Meetings will be arranged by Susan Pusek
The meeting to select Scholars will be held approximately one month after applications are due. You will be notified as soon as possible after the meeting of your status.
Questions about the application process can be submitted to Susan Pusek at 919-966-0128.