Scientists applying for NIH funding should be aware of a number of programs and policies relevant to supporting women in the biomedical research.
Family-Friendly Initiatives: some of the ways in which NIH helps our grantee institutions foster family-friendly environments for the NIH-supported workforce.
Support for Scientific Conferences (R13 and U13): supporting high quality scientific conferences that are relevant to the public health and to the scientific missions of the participating Institutes and Centers.
Modification of the Biographical Sketch in NIH Grant Application Forms (PHS 398, PHS 2590, and the SF 424 R&R) to Permit a Description of Factors that may have Reduced Productivity: That policy permits principal investigators to describe personal factors that may have delayed their transition to research independence. Such factors can occur at any point in a scientist’s career and include family care responsibilities, illness, disability, military service and other personal issues.
Mentored Career Development Programs: Grants are available to obstetrician-gynecologists who have recently completed postgraduate clinical training and will soon start basic, translational, and/or clinical research relevant to women's reproductive health.
Re-Entry into Biomedical Research Careers: A unique research supplement program to promote re-entry into biomedical and behavioral research careers. Candidates who held a postdoctoral or faculty position at the time they left active research are eligible to apply.
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH): To be eligible for the BIRCWH program, junior faculty--men and women--must have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowship, and plan to conduct interdisciplinary basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research relevant to women’s health.