Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH); K12 Clinical Trial Optional

Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-073

Key Dates

Release Date: February 14, 2019
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: March 29, 2019
First Estimated Application Due Date: May 31, 2019
Earliest Estimated Award Date: September 29, 2020
Earliest Estimated Start Date: September 30, 2020

Related Announcements

Issued by
Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)


The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH ) plans to re-issue RFA-OD-15-001, a funding opportunity announcement for institutional career development award (K12) 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 (NOT-OD-15-102 ). This initiative supports the ORWH mission and advances the 2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for the Health of Women "Advancing Science for the Health of Women" and its goal to promote training and careers to develop a well-trained, diverse, and robust workforce to advance science for the health of women. This program sets the stage for improved health for women and their families and career opportunities and advancement for a diverse biomedical workforce. Within the framework of this Program's longstanding commitment to excellence and the projected need for diverse teams to advance science, attention must be given to recruiting Scholars from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences, and individuals with disabilities.

Research Initiative Details

Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research training program as the Training Program Director/Principal Investigator (Training PD/PI) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be responsible for the selection and appointment of scholars to the approved career development program, and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. The PD/PI has responsibility for the day to day administration of the program and is responsible for appointing members of the required Advisory Committee, using their recommendations to determine the appropriate allotment of funds.


Scholars to be supported by the institutional career development program must be at the career level for which the planned program is intended. Scholars are expected to devote a minimum of 9 person-months (75% of full-time professional effort) or at least 6 person-months for surgical specialties, during the appointment on the K12 award, except as noted in NOT-OD-18-157.

Scholars must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Additional details on citizenship requirements are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

At the time of appointment, BIRCWH Scholars must:

  • Have a clinical doctorate or Ph.D. degree or its equivalent.
  • Have completed any postgraduate training normally expected for a faculty appointment in their field (including clinical or postdoctoral fellowship training, or residency if they have chosen not to subspecialize).
  • Have no more than six years of research or research training experience beyond their last doctoral degree.
  • Have been assigned mentors with extensive research experience relevant to the Scholars' individual research and career development goals.
  • Be able to spend at least 9 person-months (or at least 6-person months for surgical-specialties) of full-time professional effort conducting research and research career development activities.
  • Not be or have been a PD/PI on a Center (P50, P60, P20, P30, U54) grant or subproject of a Program Project (P01), individual career development (K-series) award, or independent research project grant awards (R01) or equivalent.

In keeping with the type of mentoring and career development being provided by the K12, a Scholar who is competitive for P01 or R01 grant support is likely to be too senior for the BIRCWH.

An Advisory Committee is a required component of a career development program. Provide a plan for the appointment of an Advisory Committee to monitor Scholar recruitment and selection, and to monitor the overall progress of the career development program. The composition, roles, responsibilities, and desired expertise of committee members, frequency of committee meetings, and other relevant information should be included.

Funding Information

Estimated Total Funding $5,000,000
Expected Number of Awards 10
Estimated Award Ceiling $500,000
Primary CFDA Numbers 93.313

Anticipated Eligible Organizations

Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Nonprofit without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Lisa Begg, Dr.P.H., RN
NIH/OD, Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives

Melissa Ghim, Ph.D.
NIH/OD, Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives