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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.

For more information about Connors Center Funding Opportunities, please contact ConnorsCenter@bwh.harvard.edu

ROSA Center Awards

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

Pilot Awards

The ROSA Center Pilot program is for early-stage investigators (postdocs and junior faculty). These Pilot awards are perfect for investigators seeking to obtain preliminary data in order to facilitate applications for future NIH K- or R-level awards. Up to four $50,000, 2-year awards will be granted. All awards must align with the ROSA Center and at least one of the awards will be reserved for projects that are focused on menopause.

Applications for this round of the ROSA Center Pilot Award Program will be open from September 6 through October 24. Projects will occur starting in 2023.

Application Materials:

    1. Request for Applications
    2. Cover Sheet Template
    3. Budget Template

For more information, please visit our ROSA Webpage, email BWH_SCORE@partners.org, or attend the info session on October 7th.

Travel Exchange Fellowships

Deadline extended to September 30

To foster collaboration between SCORE sites and enable early career scientists to learn new technical skills and/or enhance SCORE collaborations, the ROSA Center will award 4 SCORE Travel Exchange Fellowships (TEF) in the 2022-23 academic year: 2 ROSA Associate scientists to visit external SCORE sites, and 2 for SCORE sites to send fellows/faculty to the Brigham/ Harvard ROSA Center site. Awards of up to $3000 for travel-related costs will be granted.

The ROSA Center Travel Exchange Fellowship will be accepting applications from August 1 through September 30 for fellowships occurring in November 2022 through April 2023.

Application Materials:

    1. Request for Applications
    2. SCORE Site Information
    3. Application

For more information about the ROSA Center, please visit our ROSA Webpage.

Scholar Awards

The ROSA Center Scholar Awards Application Cycle is currently closed.

Please visit our ROSA webpage for more information.

Connors Center IGNITE Awards
Traditional IGNITE

Our 2022 Traditional IGNITE application cycle is now closed. Please check back later for the next cycle’s dates.

Application Materials:

    1. Request for Proposals (RFP)
    2. Cover Sheet & Budget Template for INVITED PROPOSALS ONLY

For more information about the IGNITE program, please visit our IGNITE webpage.
This award is funded by Jennifer Toolin McAuliffe, our BWH Women’s Health Advisory Board, and other generous donors to the BWH Connors Center.

Specialized Cardiac & Vascular IGNITE

Our 2022 Specialized Cardiac & Vascular IGNITE application cycle is now closed. Please check back later for the next cycle’s dates.

Application Materials:

    1. Request for Proposals (RFP)
    2. Cover Sheet & Budget Template for INVITED PROPOSALS ONLY

For more information about the IGNITE Program, please visit our IGNITE webpage.
This award is funded by the Scott Schoen and Nancy Adams Research Fund in Women’s Vascular Disease.

Connors BWH-MGB Collaborative IGNITE

Our 2022 Connors BWH-MGB Collaborative IGNITE application cycle is now closed. Please check back later for the next cycle’s dates.

Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital are expected to collaborate with an investigator from another MGB institution on a joint project. The BWH Principal Investigator (PI) will receive up to $100,000 ($50,000 maximum to the BWH PI and $50,000 maximum to the co-PI at the partnering other MGB institution). The Connors BWH-MGB Collaborative IGNITE Award PI and co-PI will be integrated into the overall Connors Center IGNITE Awards program. Please note the important deadlines below:

Application Materials:

    1. Request for Proposals (RFP)
    2. Cover Sheet & Budget Template for INVITED PROPOSALS ONLY

For more information about the IGNITE Program, please visit our IGNITE webpage.
This award is funded by our BWH Women’s Health Advisory Board, other generous donors to the BWH Connors Center, and by Mass General Brigham.

First Look Awards

The 2022 application cycle for the First Look Awards is now closed. Please check back later for the next cycle’s dates.

The First Look Awards are a collaboration between the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. The goal of this grant program is to support translational research at Massachusetts research institutions that furthers our understanding of sex and gender differences especially for diseases or conditions that affect women exclusively, predominately, or differentially.

3 awards of up to $50,000/each will be awarded.

Application Materials:

  1. Request for Proposals (RFP)
  2. Webpage with more information
  3. Application Portal
WHISPR

Our 2022 WHISPR Application Cycle is now closed. Please check back later for the next cycle’s dates.

2 awards up to $25,000/each will be awarded.

  • Symposium with Finalists’ Pitch Presentations:  May 25, 2022

Application Materials:

  1. Request for Proposals (RFP)
  2. Cover Sheet
  3. Budget Form

For more information about WHISPR, visit our WHISPR webpage.
This award is funded by the Gretchen S. Fish Fund for Women’s Health and Stress Research.

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