Benefits to Scholars and Departments

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Benefit to Scholars

Scholars accepted into the BIRCWH program must be guaranteed that 75 percent of their time will be protected for research. This will help ensure that junior investigators have sufficient time to develop their research initiatives and establish themselves as researchers in women's health.

Scholars will work closely with established investigators and under the direction of a primary mentor. This component will provide multiple role models for Scholars to enhance their career development. Partial salary support is provided for this protected time: $75,000 is provided toward clinical faculty salaries. $50,000 is provided toward Ph.D. faculty salaries. These salaries can be guaranteed for one to five years for MDs or PhDs. The awards will be reviewed and renewed annually based upon performance and progress in research activities.

Benefit to Departments

Departments that have junior faculty accepted as BIRCWH Scholars will have the opportunity to develop their departmental research programs, as well as the careers of their faculty. Partial salary support and fringe benefits are provided through a combination of grant funding and cost sharing from the state base of the College of Medicine. This is provided to ensure protection of 75 percent of the Scholar's time for research. Scholars are rotated off of the program when they receive federal funding in an area of women's health research.