Research Funding for Yale Faculty

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Women’s Health Research at Yale provides “seed” funding to full-time Yale investigators for innovative new research that will result in direct practical benefit for the health of women as part of our Pilot Project Program. Since inception in 1998, WHRY has awarded more than $4.6 million in pilot grants to more than 70 investigators who have obtained more than $56 million in external grants to further their work.

Annual Pilot Project Awards

These awards offer up to $35,000 in funding over the course of one or two years for research designed to meet a clear need in advancing women's health, and have a clearly described path to direct clinical or public health utility. Proposals in clinical, health services, and prevention research, as well as basic science research demonstrating a translational goal are considered.

Wendy U. & Thomas C. Naratil Pioneer Award

This award offers up to $50,000 in funding over the course of one or two years for initiating new, highly inventive research, or achieving a major breakthrough in ongoing research where funding is needed to achieve its aims. 

All proposals must demonstrate pioneering approaches to major challenges in biomedical and/or behavioral research as it relates to women's health or gender differences in health, and describe a clear path to implementation for clinical or public health benefit.

How to Apply

Letters submitted for the Pioneer Award cannot be considered for a Pilot Project Award. In your letter, please indicate which award you are applying for, and follow the instructions provided below.

  • Letter of Intent Instructions for Pioneer & Pilot Project Awards. 
  • Letters for the 2015 awards must be received in the Program Office by 12:00 noon, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. 

Please email Marco Mutonji if you have any questions, or need assistance.

Research Training

Training the Next Generation

Women's Health Research at Yale is dedicated to training the next generation of researchers. We mentor and teach post-doctoral trainees through a range of training programs sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Scholar Program

The Yale BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health) Scholar Program provides interdisciplinary research skill development for junior faculty interested in a research career focused on women's health and addictive behaviors. 
  • We are currently no longer accepting applications for the 2014 cycle.For more information on the BIRCWH Scholar Program please click here.