The Center's Junior Faculty Research Development Awards, or seed grants, jump-start ideas and help researchers build careers in women's health and sex and gender differences research. Our funding, mentoring, trainings, networking, and biostatistical support make it possible for junior researchers to obtain crucial pilot data and become independent investigators, effectively positioning them to secure future funding.

The one-year seed grants are awarded annually through peer review to exceptional faculty members and fellows conducting research focused on women's health or sex and/or gender differences in the underlying mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment or management of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or the intersection of physical and mental health. Each seed grant is typically $25,000, with $50,000 grants periodically awarded for multi-disciplinary research projects.

All awardees become part of the Center's researcher network with ample opportunity for interaction, participation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Awardees especially benefit from career development mentoring by our Center's faculty leadership , support in translating research and communicating findings to professional and lay audiences, and tailored trainings on academic skills and career advancement.

The funding cycle for 2020 is now closed. Typically, our request for applications opens in mid-May and closes in mid-June.

Meet Our 2019 Seed Grant Awardees


Fabrice Dabertrand, PhD - Sex Differences in Hippocampal Vascular Dysfunction after Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation from Cardiac Arrest

Elissa Kolva, PhD - Fertility Changes due to Cancer: An Investigation of Meaning, Psychological Distress, and Psychological Support Needs of Young Women with Breast Cancer

Genevieve Moyer, MD, MSc - A Laboratory and Clinical Assessment of the Impact of Menopause and Aging on Postmenopausal Bleeding and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Women with Inherited Bleeding Disorders

Andrew Novick, MD, PhD -  My Transgender Brain Study (MyT “Mighty” Brain)

Vijay Ramakrishnan, MD - Gender-Specific Effects of Chronic Rhinosinusitis on Sleep and Psychological Dysfunction

Kalie Tommerdahl, MD - Sex-related Differences in the Metabolic and Renal Effects of Automated Insulin Delivery Systems in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

Natalie Nokoff, MD - Impact of Pubertal Suppression on Insulin Sensitivity, Body Composition and Energy Expenditure in Transgender Youth

Kathleen Woulfe, PhD - Defining Sex-specific Responses to Elevated Midkine in Cardiomyocytes

Chelsea M. Magin, PhD - 3D-Printed Human Arterial Models to Study Sex Differences in Vascular Disease

Danielle E. Soranno, MD   Peter Baker, MD - Determining the Cardio-protective Effects of Estrogen after Acute Kidney Injury in Mice


Thank you to the funders of the 2019 awards:

• Cathy & Graham Hollis

• The List Family Foundation

• The Ludeman Family

• Rose Community Foundation

• Specialized Center of Research Excellence (SCORE) on Sex Differences

• University of Colorado School of Medicine