Women's Health Research at Yale Offers New "Pioneer" Research Funding

A major endowment gift allows Women’s Health Research at Yale to offer a new research grant award – up to $50,000 annually – for investigations that are either highly inventive or close to a major breakthrough in advancing women’s health – where funding is needed to reach their aims.

The gift from a Yale College ’83 couple, Wendy and Thomas Naratil, will support and expand Women’s Health Research at Yale’s highly successful Pilot Project Program, providing annual “seed” funding so that Yale scientists can initiate original women’s health investigations and generate the feasibility data needed to obtain larger, external grants to continue their work.

“The new Wendy U. and Thomas C. Naratil Pioneer Award adds tremendously to the reach and productivity of our Pilot Project Program and ensures, in perpetuity, that we can develop vital behavioral and biomedical research in women’s health and gender differences. We thank the Naratils for this very generous, visionary gift,” said Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure, Director of Women’s Health Research at Yale.

Women’s Health Research at Yale is seeking proposals and plans to award the first Pioneer Award this coming year along with its 2014 annual Pilot Project Program grants.

All Pilot Project Program studies selected for funding must demonstrate new approaches to major challenges in women’s health, and describe a clear path to implementation for direct clinical or public health benefit. Since inception in 1998, Women’s Health Research at Yale has awarded more than $4.5 million in annual pilot grants to nearly 70 Yale investigators who have used their findings to obtain more than $52 million in new external grants to further their research.

Full-time Yale faculty are eligible to apply. Investigators outside the Yale community are invited to collaborate with Yale or Yale affiliated principal investigators.

Information on submitting a proposal and deadlines is available at: https://medicine.yale.edu/whr/researchers/#page1

This article was submitted by Shane Seger on August 27, 2013.