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Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 Award

The Johns Hopkins BIRCWH program (JH BIRCWH) was established to develop highly qualified, independent investigators to conduct women’s health and sex and gender differences research.


Congrats to the 2023 BIRCWH Recipients!

About Our Program

The Johns Hopkins Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 program is supported by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, as well as the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and the Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics.

We are committed to supporting the transformation of scholars into independently funded, networked, and lifelong ethical investigators leading interdisciplinary teams to improve women’s health by advancing our understanding of sex and gender differences, and health concerns unique to, more prevalent, or with differential consequences in women.

Applicants who are accepted will be provided with rigorous and innovative training, help to develop and execute a clinical research project, mentorship in a multidisciplinary and collaborative research environment, and involvement in activities to promote career development including:

  • Apprenticeship and mentorship – Hands on research
  • Engagement in related career development activities including grant writing
  • Access to ICTR Programs and Resources
Core Strength Areas
  • Diseases specific to women (e.g. women’s cancer and reproductive biology)
  • Sex and gender differences in disease expression (e.g. immunology, neuroscience, cardiovascular and genetics)
  • Social determinants of women’s health and disparities (e.g. violence against women, trauma, addictions and poverty).

JH-BIRCWH scholars will be provided 75 percent-protected research time for a minimum of two years.