Notice of Special Interest: Administrative Supplement to Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH)
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:

May 4, 2023

First Available Due Date:
June 05, 2023
Expiration Date:
June 06, 2023

Related Announcements

  • November 22, 2019 - Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity. See Notice NOT-OD-20-031.
  • October 9, 2020 - Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional). See NOFO PA-20-272.

Issued by

Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


Congress has provided  new FY 2023 appropriations that  enable the NIH to award administrative supplements for the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program, including funds that may  be used to support one additional trainee at funded BIRCWH sites. The objective of this NOSI is to identify and encourage   post-doctoral fellows or instructors, who are recognized by their institutions such as number of publications.  The goal of this NOFO is to promote   careers as independent women’s health researchers, and then facilitate their successful transition to K12 BIRCWH scholars.

The award is intended  to support individuals who have completed at least one year of postdoctoral research training and are expected to propose an individualized research training for their next year. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project. In all cases, the proposed research experience must be an integral part of the approved, ongoing research of the parent award, and it must have the potential to contribute significantly to the research career development of the candidate.

Applications for supplements must include a description of how the candidate's proposed research activities relate to the parent BIRCWH grant.  In addition, they should incorporate a plan for the candidate to interact with other individuals on the parent grant, to contribute intellectually to the research, and to enhance their  research skills and knowledge regarding the selected area of biomedical, behavioral, clinical, or social sciences science regarding the health of women. It must also provide evidence of a focus on the enhancement of the research capability of the individual trainee, and that the research experience is intended to provide opportunities for career development as a productive researcher.

The NIH encourages institutions to select potential trainees from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, (NOT-OD-20-031).

This is a limited competition and only current BIRCWH Program awardee institutions are eligible to apply. The BIRCWH Program is an institutional K award (K12) where the mentored trainees, who are appointed by the PIs of the grants, are early career scientists who have no existing R01 awards. Applicants should refer to PA-20-272 for overall application guidance.

Description of circumstances for which administrative supplements are available.

Duration of Support

Individuals receiving support  are required to pursue their research training on a full-time basis, normally defined as 40 hours per week or as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies. The duration of support is limited to one year.


These supplements support individuals in the postdoctoral/Instructor research phase of their training who wish to participate as researchers in ongoing research projects and career development experiences in preparation for an independent career in health-related research. This experience must serve as a means of assisting the postdoctoral/Instructor researcher's development into a productive researcher.  Supplemental awards under this announcement are limited to citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or to individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States (i.e., in possession of a Permanent Resident Card, Form I-551). The appointment of the proposed trainee should be within the project period of the existing parent BIRCWH award and cannot exceed one year. 


The budget for this new trainee cannot exceed $90,000 in direct costs from NIH. For example, stipend or salary support should not exceed $65,000 in NIH-funds for one year; and an additional $25,000 in NIH funds can be requested for research support. Postdoctoral and/or Instructor level for the proposed trainee is suggested. Only one trainee application per BIRCWH program is permitted.

Description of circumstances for which administrative supplements are available.

Application and Submission Information

Applications for this initiative must be submitted using the following NOFO  or its subsequent reissued equivalent.

  • PA-20-272 - Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and PA-20-272 must be followed, with the following additions:

  • Application Due Date(s) – June 5, 2023, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
  • For funding consideration, applicants must include “NOT-OD-23-114 ” (without quotation marks) in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF424 R&R form. Applications without this information in box 4B will not be considered for this initiative.
  • Requests may be for one year of support only.
  • The Research Strategy section of the application is limited to 6 pages.
  • Only existing awardees of the BIRCWH program are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the ORWH program contact that a request has been submitted in response to this NOSI in order to facilitate efficient processing of the request.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)