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

The Duke University School of Medicine and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) are recipients of a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) grant. The BIRCWH program is led by the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), along with nearly a dozen other NIH Institutes and Centers. The BIRCWH is a K12 Institutional Training Grant that provides faculty at Duke or NCCU 75% salary support (50% for surgical specialties) for up to $100.000 per year for a minimum of two years. The program provides research development support to pursue research careers related to women's health and builds upon existing interdisciplinary faculty relationships to foster productive and innovative collaborations.

The purpose of the BIRCWH Faculty Development Program is to promote the career development of junior faculty pursuing interdisciplinary research in Women’s Health leading to an independent scientific career that will benefit the health of women, including sex/gender similarities or differences in biology, health or disease. The BIRCWH also aims to strengthen the Women’s Health Research enterprise at Duke and NCCU. The BIRCWH Program provides advanced training, mentoring, and career guidance. BIRCWH research spans the entire spectrum of Women’s Health topics, and the program is open to all types of clinicians and non-clinicians.

Junior faculty members interested in a research career in women's health are encouraged to apply. Underrepresented Minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Duke University offers equal opportunity to all applicants without regard to race, color, creed, sex, age, handicaps or national origin.

PI of the Duke/NCCU BIRCWH award:  Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D.
Site-PI NCCU:  Kevin P. Williams, Ph.D.
Research Director: Amy Murtha, M.D. 
Program Coordinator:  Friederike Jayes, Ph.D.
Forward any questions to BIRCWH Program Coordinator 

BIRCWH Advisory Board 
BIRCWH mentors 

Online Courses:  "The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health"

Duke/NCCU Current & Former BIRCWH Scholars