This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) from the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) invites applications for Specialized Centers of Research Excellence (SCORE) on Sex Differences.
Donor Name: National Institutes of Health
State: All States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
The ORWH and participating organizations and institutes seek applications for Specialized Centers of Research Excellence (SCORE) on Sex Differences. The Centers of Excellence will support interdisciplinary approaches to advance translational research on sex differences. Each SCORE institution should develop a research agenda bridging basic and clinical research underlying a health issue that is pertinent to improving the health of women.
Each SCORE will serve as a National resource focused on translational research at multiple levels of analysis to identify the role of biological sex differences on the health of women. Centers of Excellence will also serve as vital hubs for education and dissemination of innovative sex-based and informed translational research methods and best practices. In addition, they will provide leadership in the development and promotion of standards and policies for the consideration of sex differences in biomedical research. The contributions of biological sex can assist in understanding the differences of health outcomes, and this knowledge can be applied to the development of the next generation of interventions and medical treatments leading to improvements in women’s health.
It is expected that SCORE Centers will:
- Develop or strengthen awardee institutions’ programs that focus and sustain progress on a key area in women’s health research.
- Provide intellectual leadership and innovation to advance research that elucidates the role of sex differences on health;
- Facilitate and develop novel interdisciplinary research strategies;
- Stimulate incorporation of emerging technologies, methods and scientific advances into research designs as appropriate;
- Provide research career enhancement opportunities in sex differences research;
- Promote and train a diverse scientific workforce; address health disparities;
- Stimulate translation between basic and clinical research, e.g., research to develop or test interventions or diagnostic tests based on findings from basic research;
- Collaborate with other SCOREs on projects such as integrating data systems, supporting multi-center observational studies;
- Interface where possible with other NIH-funded programs and centers; and
- Leverage institutional resources.
Current guidance to advance sex and/or gender based studies includes the consideration of:
- Sex: Biological characteristics encoded in DNA, such as reproductive organs and other physiological and functional characteristics.
- Gender: Social, environmental, cultural, and behavioral factors including individual gender identity, gender roles and norms, gendered power relations, and gender inequality.
ORWH Areas of Interest
The new 2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health Research “Advancing Science for the Health of Women” highlights research priorities to improve the health of women. The overarching themes of the Strategic Plan important in this FOA include but are not limited to: sex determinants, evidence-based interventions, advancing women in biomedical research, innovative approaches, mentoring, networking, collaborations, and evaluations of NIH investments.
Research areas may encompass the etiology, pathogenesis and/or new treatments, diseases and conditions that affect women including studies on the various manifestations of disease. Research to improve the health of women needs comprehensive consideration of the many factors that influence women’s health, such as sex and gender, race and ethnicity, and a host of other internal and external factors. Moreover, it is critical to consider these factors and their potential interactions across the life course. The overall themes of proposed research projects, and associated cores must inform the etiology, pathogenesis and/or treatment of a condition underlying women’s health.
- Higher Education Institutions
- Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
- Private Institutions of Higher Education
- The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:
- Hispanic-serving Institutions
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
- Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
- Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
- Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education
- Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
- Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
- For-Profit Organizations
- Small Businesses
- For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)
- Local Governments
- State Governments
- County Governments
- City or Township Governments
- Special District Governments
- Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
- Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
- Federal Governments
- U.S. Territory or Possession
- Independent School Districts
- Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
- Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
- Regional Organizations.
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