BIRCWH Program

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health Program


The BIRCWH program at the Ludeman Center is a career-development program that connects early-career faculty with senior faculty for mentorship opportunities regarding their shared interest in women's health and sex differences research. In recognizing outstanding faculty members in key research areas, the program provides support to researchers in the early stages of their professional careers so they can achieve independent funding for their research. To launch their research careers towards success, scholars are paired with senior investigators and an interdisciplinary mentoring team to provide them with a wealth of knowledge, one-to-one mentorship, and training opportunities.

Established in 2000, the program has awarded 77 grants to 41 institutions supporting more than 613 junior faculty with BIRCWH and Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) program co-sponsors. Most BIRCWH Scholars move on to obtain independent National Institute of Health (NIH) grant funding that can equate to millions of dollars in support. 

BIRCWH funding at the University of Colorado School of Medicine was first awarded in 2007. Our site funding has since been renewed five times.


Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the BIRCWH Program, early-career faculty must have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowship and must plan to conduct interdisciplinary basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research relevant to women's health.

3 Focus Areas 

The Benefits of BIRCWH 

 Our Scholars in Action


Ludeman Family Center for Women's Health Research

CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

12348 East Montview Boulevard

Mail Stop C-263

Aurora, CO 80045


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