Thursday, July 15, 2010

NIH announces R21 opportunity for funding in women's health research

The National Institutes of Health has recently announced an initiative to fund research in women's health issues, spanning most of the institutes and centers. The mechanism is an R21 which carries $275,000 in direct costs over two years. The R21 mechanism generally supports novel, high risk-high reward research.

"The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and co-sponsoring NIH institutes and centers (ICs), is to promote innovative, interdisciplinary research that will advance new concepts in women’s health research and the study of sex/gender differences. Recent research reports have established the importance of studying issues specific to women, including the scientific and clinical importance of analyzing data separately for females and males. ORWH is particularly interested in encouraging extramural investigators to undertake new interdisciplinary research to advance studies on how sex and gender factors affect women's health; however, applications in all areas of women’s health and/or sex/gender research are invited."

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