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BIRCWH 2011 Application Cycle. Ruth Greenblatt Monica Gandhi. K awards and BIRCWH. Early career development for clinical research Patient oriented research using data and/or specimens from humans 75% of time protected for research (as low as 50% for surgeons only)

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Bircwh 2011 application cycle

BIRCWH 2011 Application Cycle

Ruth Greenblatt

Monica Gandhi

K awards and bircwh

K awards and BIRCWH

  • Early career development for clinical research

    • Patient oriented research using data and/or specimens from humans

    • 75% of time protected for research (as low as 50% for surgeons only)

  • Want a significant career focus on women’s health

    • Sex differences

    • Issues affecting health of women specifically

  • No OB-GYNS!

    • You have your own K-12 program (WRHR) mandated by NIH

Target group

Target Group

  • Scholars are people who are ready to transition from training to independence as scientists

    • Gain complementary training, for ex someone who has completed a clinically oriented education, needs more research training

  • Any health sciences degree

    • 50% of our scholars must be clinicians (any clinical degree)

  • At the point of faculty appointment

    • Existing or easily arranged (letter of support from Division or Department chair for full application)



Bircwh application process

BIRCWH Application Process

  • Like other K award applications

    • One-third of the application covers career development plan (mentoring, coursework, often but not necessary Masters in Clinical Research)

    • Two-thirds of the application covers research plan. Eventual goal is transition to K23 or commonly to write an RO1 grant as PI by the end of the training.

  • Letter of intent, full application, interview

Bircwh components

BIRCWH components

  • Emphasis on multidisciplinary research

  • Join with other UCSF K programs in CTSI training at China Basin

    • Works in progress

    • Biostatistic training

    • Individualized training

  • Research and Women’s Health seminars

    • Joint with WRHR and Reproductive Infectious Diseases Fellowships

  • Mentoring with primary and secondary mentors

  • Leadership training for alumni



  • 2-5 years depending on amount of training needed for independence, most commonly 2 – 3 years.

  • $75,000 salary support

  • $25,000 project support

  • Department or mentor should contribute:

    • Cost of Masters or course work

    • Fringe beyond $10,000

    • Basic needs of daily faculty life (desk, computer, IT, phone)

  • Since project funds are small, often K-12s work well as substudies of large parent research programs that pay much of cost

To do if letter of intent is accepted

To do if letter of intent is accepted:

  • Read BIRCWH and NIH K-12 application instructions (biosketch forms, budget forms, etc), sample application

  • Talk with mentors and if you do not have a faculty appointment assess likelihood that department will write a letter of support that promises one

  • Read NIH priorities in Women’s Health Research

  • Draft, revise, revise, revise



  • No prior R01, no R01 funding under last 2 years

  • If prior K award, less than 5 years (total on K = 5 years)

  • Legit Women’s Health focus (can be girls)

  • Must have letter of support from department chair, division chief or dean that specifies protected time, needed resources if you are invited to submit full application (not for letter of intent)

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