The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been selected as the site of a new institutional career development grant through the NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program. Led by multiple-PIs Elizabeth Burnside, Marsha Mailick, and Beth Meyerand, the UW program provides mentored career-development activities to junior faculty to foster the next generation of leaders in women’s health and sex differences research.
The $3 million, five-year award will provide competency-based curricular activities and mentored research training to three early career scholars (assistant professor) for two year appointments. Notably, training in core competencies will be augmented by pioneering new approaches to team science and career coaching available through ICTR. Elizabeth Burnside, UW BIRCWH PI and ICTR Deputy Executive Director, comments,
Training under the new UW BIRCWH award will take advantage of the expertise available at ICTR in a number of key areas, such as our team science training program under the leadership of Betsy Rolland and our mentorship initiatives. Angela Byars-Winston will spearhead an innovative career coaching mentee/mentor training for UW BIRCWH scholars that will build on the nationally recognized initiatives of our ICTR mentorship group.
The UW BIRCWH program will simultaneously collaborate with the ICTR workforce development program, while maintaining a distinctive concentration in women’s health, gender differences, and interdisciplinary science. Meyerand, Co-Director of the ICTR Institutional Career Development TL1 Program notes,
BIRCWH will partner with our highly respected KL2 faculty career development curriculum to share research resources and link educational programs. UW BIRCWH Scholars will participate in many ICTR KL2 programs including our competency based Career Development Seminar Series and the K2R Seminar Series that teaches grant writing skills for R-series applications.
The collaboration between the BIRCWH and ICTR is a win:win for us because it will allow the KL2 program to expand the network of scholars and expose them more deeply to topics in women’s health research.