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 2020 Seed Grant Awardees


Kimberley Bruce, PhD - Sex Differences in Microglial-lipoprotein Metabolism and Alzheimer's Disease Risk

Michelle A. Clementi, PhD - Intraindividual Sleep Variability and Circadian Factors in Adolescent Girls with Chronic Migraine: Associations with Psychological Functioning

Charlotte V. Farewell, PhD, MPH - Mindful Moms to Be

Amy C. Keller, PhD - Altered PVAT Phenotype by Thermoneutrality Compromises Vasoreactivity: Does Sex Matter?

Rebecca L. Scalzo, PhD - The Sex Specific Impact of Type 2 Diabetes on the Gene Expression Signature Associated with Skeletal Muscle Mitochondria

Owen Vaughan, PhD - How to Prevent Cardiac Dysfunction in Children of Obese Pregnant Women: The Mechanistic Role of Fetal Circulating microRNAs

Mary O. Whipple, PhD, RN - Understanding the Role of Knowledge, Mood, and Sense of Meaning in Sedentary Behavior Engagement Among Older Women with Type 2 Diabetes: Implications for All Older Women

Recipient of the Jacqueline's Wish for the Heart Award: Natalie Nokoff, MD

Thank you to the funders of the 2020 awards:

• The Anschutz Foundation

• The Jacqueline Leaffer Foundation

• The Jeanne Land Foundation

• The List Family Foundation

• The Ludeman Family

• University of Colorado School of Medicine