Seed Grants

We are currently not accepting applications.

Researchers from all schools conducting projects that address basic, translational, clinical, epidemiological, and health services research related to older women’s health are encouraged to apply. Junior and senior faculty are eligible to apply, however, applications from senior faculty can only be submitted if funds will be used to support the development of a new direction in their research programs related to aging women’s health.

Support for the seed grant is from an endowment that is designed to “be used to advance research, education, or other activities directly related to the improvement of the health and well-being of menopausal women.” Applicants must be able to make a strong case connecting how their research might affect the health of post-menopausal women. Senior faculty are also eligible, but they must justify how the seed grant will support a new direction in their research program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • Hold a clinical doctorate or PhD degree or its equivalent (e.g., MD, DO, DDS, DVM, OD, DC, PharmD).
  • Assistant professor or higher rank at the University of Minnesota.
  • Current BIRCWH Scholars are not eligible.
  • Previous BIRCWH or other Women’s Health Scholars are eligible to apply if they are seeking a new direction in their research program.


  • Applicants must include an interdisciplinary research team that includes individuals from at least two disciplines (professions), and a biostatistician or colleague with statistics and/or methodological expertise. At least one of the individuals on the team should be a content expert from another field.
  • Senior faculty applicants must provide the rationale for how the seed grant will support a new direction in their research program.


  • $35,000 over 1 year to support pilot work in direct support of the research.
  • Funds should primarily be used for supplies, support of research personnel (students or technicians), participant payments, or costs associated with services offered through the Clinical Translational Science Institute such as statistical analyses, clinical trial monitoring, biomedical informatics support, or other related services.
  • Faculty salary support is allowed for up to $10,000, within the total $35,000 award.
  • Carry over funds after the first year will not be allowed without written permission from the WHRP Leadership. A request for carry over funds is required to be submitted 30 days prior to the end of the grant period.