The BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) is a K12 mentored career development program that provides junior faculty at Duke or NCCU with salary and career development support for a minimum of two years and up to five years. The program is funded by the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The Duke BIRCWH program is administered by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The purpose of the BIRCWH Career Development Program is to promote the career development of junior faculty pursuing interdisciplinary research in Women’s Health, including sex/gender similarities or differences in biology, health or disease, leading to an independent scientific career that will benefit the health of women. 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 clinical and non-clinical junior faculty from any school or department.