Sex and Gender Research Funding

NIH Office of Research on Women's Health Research (ORWH)

Moving Into the Future with New Dimensions and Strategies for Women’s Health Research: A Vision for 2020 for Women’s Health Researchis the NIH strategic plan for women’s health and sex differences research for the decade ahead. It is the framework for research within NIH and throughout the scientific community. As the third NIH scientific agenda for women’s health coordinated by the ORWH and released in September 2010, the NIH strategic plan for women’s health and sex differences research is the product of a highly interactive scientific and public partnership.

NIH Office of Research on Women's Health Research (ORWH) Funding Opportunities

ORWH coordinates several funding opportunities and participates in NIH-wide funding opportunities that seek to advance knowledge across the spectrum of women’s health and sex differences research. All ORWH-funded and co-funded programs are administered through the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). For more information about funding coordinated by ORWH, use the links below:

NIH: Specialized Centers of Research on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women’s Health (SCOR)

The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) serves as a focal point to promote, stimulate, and support efforts to improve the health of women through biomedical and behavioral research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). ORWH works in partnership with the NIH institutes and centers, and other federal agencies to ensure that women's health research is part of the scientific framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community.

Women and sex/gender differences in drug and alcohol abuse/dependence (R03)

This R03 Small Grant mechanism will support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The common characteristic of the small grant is the provision of limited funding for a short period of time. Examples of the types of projects supported under the R03 include the following: pilot or feasibility studies; small, self-contained research projects; secondary analysis of existing data for the purpose of detecting outcomes separately for males and females; and research methodology development or new research technology to enhance research on females or to detect male-female differences.   No preliminary data are required but may be included if available.

Women & Sex/Gender Differences in Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence (R21)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to advance research on male-females differences in drug and alcohol abuse and addiction and on factors specific to women.  Both human and animal model studies are sought.   

Women & Sex/Gender Differences in Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence (R01) 

On September 27, 2010, the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health released the strategic plan, “Moving into the Future with New Dimensions and Strategies:  A Vision for 2020 for Women’s Health Research”. The plan sets forth a women’s health research agenda for NIH for the next decade and includes six goals.  The present funding opportunity announcement embraces those goals as applied to drug and alcohol abuse and contains special emphasis on the first goal, which is to “increase sex differences research in basic science studies.”  That goal, along with its nine objectives, is consistent with recommendations in the 2001 Institute of Medicine report, Exploring the Biological Contributions to Human Health: Does Sex Matter?

Gender Institute

The Gender Institute offers a variety of grants, fellowships, scholarships, and co-sponsorships to support research and education related to women and gender.

The Kinsey Institute

The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University works towards advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide. For over 60 years, the institute has been a trusted source for investigating and informing the world about critical issues in sex, gender and reproduction.

NSF: Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research  (IBSS)

The Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) competition promotes the conduct of interdisciplinary research by teams of investigators in the social and behavioral sciences.  Emphasis is placed on support for research that involves researchers from multiple disciplinary fields; that integrates scientific theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple disciplinary fields, and that is likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple disciplinary fields.

Scholarly Articles on Sex and Gender

A listing of scholarly articles for sex and gender research funding.