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The Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology provides funding for investigators who are advancing sex-specific and sex-differentiating knowledge about novel therapeutic interventions, conducting systems-based investigations, and building interdisciplinary collaborations for disease-based research in conditions that are exclusive, predominate or differential in women.

Connors funding encourages new and innovative research that helps us train new leaders in women’s health and have the potential to transform medicine and patient care.

Cardiac and Vascular IGNITE

Our 2021 IGNITE Request for Research Proposal on Sex- and Gender-Differences in Cardiac and Vascular Diseases is now open. Full Research Proposals, including a cover sheet, are due April 1, 2021.  For more information about the award, visit our IGNITE webpage. This Connors IGNITE Award is funded by the Scott Schoen and Nancy Adams Research Fund in Women’s Vascular Disease. For any further questions, please contact Connors Center Project Manager, Winnie Ng.


Our 2020 IGNITE application cycle is closed.  For more information about the award, visit our IGNITE webpage.


The 2021 WHISPR Request for Proposals is now closed.  For more information about the award, visit our WHISPR webpage. For more information about future WHISPR funding opportunities, please contact

ROSA Center

The Brigham/Harvard Center is one of eleven Specialized Centers of Research Excellence (SCORE) on Sex Differences nationwide.

The ROSA Center Awards are now closed. Please visit our SCORE webpage for more information.

First Look Awards

The 2020 First Look Awards are now closed. 

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