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BIRCWH – K12 Institutional Career Development Program

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health

About the 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 junior 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.


We invite junior faculty from NCCU and Duke to apply. Fellows and post-docs may apply with a letter from their chair stating that by the first date of their award they will have a faculty appointment, which is not contingent on their receipt of BIRCWH funding.

Applicants from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, or from a disadvantaged background as defined by NIH’s NOT-OD-20-031, are encouraged to apply. Applicants can be associated with any department and should be pursuing a research career related to women’s health or sex/gender differences.

A Letter of Intent is required. We will contact you to let you know if you are eligible to apply. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Program Contacts, Leadership and Staff


PI of the Duke/NCCU BIRCWH Award
Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD

Scholars@Duke Bio


Site-PI North Carolina Central University
K. Sean Kimbro, PhD



Research Director
Cindy Amundsen, MD

Scholars@Duke Bio


Program Coordinator
Friederike Jayes, DVM, PhD

Scholars@Duke Bio


Career Development Program Specialist
Rebecca Kameny, PhD


Please forward any questions to Dr. Jayes, BIRCWH Program Coordinator.



Online Courses 


Sex as a Biological Variable: A Primer
Introduction: Sex- and Gender-Related Differences in Health
Bench to Bedside: Integrating Sex and Gender to Improve Human Health Course
BIRCWH Leadership Webinar Series