The Ludeman Center Seed Grants

Early-Career Faculty Research Development Awards


The Ludeman Center's Early-Career Faculty Research Development Awards, or seed grants, are awarded annually to help build researchers' careers in women's health and sex and gender differences. The one-year grant awardees are selected through a peer-review process that recognizes exceptional faculty members and fellows conducting research in this field. This includes the study of underlying mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment, or management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well as studying mental health as it intersects with physical health.


One-Year Seed Grants Awarded Annually

Each seed grant is typically $25,000—while $50,000 grants are periodically awarded for multi-disciplinary research projects. This funding is not solely financial, but an opportunity for early-career researchers to receive mentoring, training, networking, and biostatistical support throughout their careers. This makes it possible for them to obtain crucial pilot data and become independent investigators, effectively positioning them to secure future funding.

All awardees become a part of the Ludeman Center's researcher network with ample opportunity for interaction, participation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Awardees especially benefit from career development mentoring by the Ludeman Center's faculty leadership, support in translating research and communicating findings to both professionals and the public, as well as receiving tailored training on academic skills and career advancement.

The 2024 seed grant cycle is now open. Applications are due by 5pm on June 7, 2024.

Jumpstarting Ideas & Advancing Careers

Meet Our 2023 Early-Career Faculty Research Development Awardees 


Talia Thompson, PhD - Recognizing Anxiety in Turner Syndrome Early (RATE): Development and Validation of a Clinic Administered Screening Instrument

Kimberley D. Bruce, PhD & Miguel Lanaspa Garcia, PhD - Does GLUT5-mediated Fructose Metabolism Drive Alzheimer's Disease Risk in Females? 

Jessica C. Nelson, PhD - Investigating the Genetics of Sensory Processing in Migraine 

Danielle Cooke, PhD - Predicting Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Screening using a Machine Learning Approach

Joanne Cole, PhD - Sex-specific Genetic Effects on Lifestyle Behavior and its Causal Role in Obesity and Diabetes Risk 

Prateeti Khazanie, MD, MPH, William Allshouse, PhD, BSPH, Christine Jones, MD, Christopher Knoepke, PhD, MSW, & Megan Morris, PhD, MPH - Characterizing Gender Differences in Community Care and Referral for Heart Failure in the U.S. 

Emily Bates, PhD, & Won Chan Oh, PhD - Defining How Maternal Cannabidiol (CBD) Consumption during Pregnancy Affects Female Offspring Cognition and Mental Health

Josephine C. Chou MD, MS - Continuous Hemodynamic Characterization of Preeclampsia with Severe Features: A Prospective Observational Study (PEC-HEMO OBS) **** Also awarded Jacqueline Leaffer Wish for the Heart Award

Alison Xiaoqiao Xie, PhD - Sex Differences in Sympathetic Glial Regulation of Blood Pressure

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Seed Grant FAQs 

We are excited to announce...

The Ludeman Center Health Equity Award for Intersectional Research

The $25,000 and $50,000 awards are one-year grants for exceptional faculty members and fellows conducting research focused on women’s health or sex and gender differences, with an intersectional lens towards health equity in the underlying mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment, or management of CVD, diabetes, and/or mental health as it relates to physical health. Research focused on other diseases or physiological questions will be considered relevant if there is a connection to CVD, diabetes or the integration of physical and mental health on these. 

The long-term goal of this award is to support change in the field of women’s health research to incorporate a deeper intersectional lens toward health equity. Additionally, we are committed to ensuring a diverse field of researchers at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and encourage and welcome applications who are likely underrepresented in the University’s workforce, including individuals from historically marginalized and underrepresented groups.  

The 2024 Health Equity Award grant cycle is now open. Applications are due by 5pm on June 7, 2024.

Congratulations to the 2023 Awardees

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To apply for the Ludeman Center Seed Grants, contact Carly Pilius. 


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