FWGBD Special Research Grant Awards 2023

Promoting XXcellence in Women’s Health: Optimal Management of Women and Girls with Bleeding Disorders: Special Research Award*

Award Target: Junior Faculty or Fellows

Number of Awards Given: 2

Amount of  each Award: $35,000

Application Due Date: September 15, 2023

Download the FWGBD Special Research Grant Award Process Description and Criteria (PDF) HERE

Download the Award Application Form (PDF) HERE

Download the Download the Specifications for Fulfilling the Grant Requirements (PDF) HERE


Menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause present unique challenges in women and girls with blood disorders. Undiagnosed, untreated blood disorders in women have profound medical consequences at every life stage. Delay and/or failure in diagnosing and appropriately managing blood disorders in women and girls are major public health problems, resulting in significant morbidity, reduced quality of life, days lost from work and school, unnecessary invasive procedures, and high healthcare costs.

The experience, training, and dedication of three internationally recognized physicians in women’s blood disorders, Dr. Andra James, in obstetrics and gynecology, and Drs. Barbara Konkle and Roshni Kulkarni, in hematology, is what led to the recognition that a foundation focused on education and awareness in these areas was clearly needed. Their discussions and efforts culminated in the Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders (FWGBD). In 2010, the FWGBD, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was founded to serve as a single-site, single-source of information and education for physicians and healthcare providers.

FWGBD’s Mission is to ensure that all women and girls with blood disorders are correctly diagnosed and optimally managed at every life stage by: 

The Foundation is dedicated to achieving the correct diagnosis and optimal management of blood disorders and accompanying reproductive problems in women and girls with bleeding   disorders—von Willebrand disease (VWD), symptomatic carrier states for hemophilia A and B, other rare clotting factor deficiencies, inherited and acquired platelet disorders including immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP); the thrombophilias; sickle cell disease (SCD) and sickle cell trait (SCT); and all anemias.

FWGBD has been effectively gaining recognition and momentum as a key resource for providing education, guidance, and expertise to physicians and other healthcare providers in the care of women and girls with blood disorders. FWGBD’s Board and Medical Advisory Committee members (http://www.fwgbd.org/about) are leaders in clinical care and research in the area of women and blood disorders

The FWGBD Special Research Award

The overarching purpose of the award is two-fold: to support a research project in bleeding disorders and their impact on women and girls. The project is to be one proposed by junior faculty or fellows who are pursuing careers in the following disciplines: Adult or Pediatric Hematology; a Women’s Reproductive Health speciality such as Obstetrics/Gynecology, Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric/Adolescent Gynecology, or another subspecialty for which a major focus is the care of women and girls with bleeding disorders; and 2) to foster and sustain widepsread interest in translating research into clinical care that will ultimately improve the lives of affected women and girls.

Research projects that will be accepted for consideration include hypothesis-generating projects in any of the following areas:

The objectives of the FWGBD Special Research Award are to:

Eligible applicants must:

*Exceptions to the seven-year requirement may be made for applicants who provide a justifiable explanation for being more than seven years out of fellowship, such as taking time off for family-related matters or for changing career path in medicine. Applicants who seek an exemption from the seven-year requirement should email an explanation as well as a letter of confirmation from the mentor to kfunkhouser@fwgbd.org so that a determination may be made as to eligibility before the application is prepared.

Collaboration Requirement

Available Funding

This award is intended as a supplemental non-salary research support grant, for a one-year period. Two awards will be granted; each award total is $35,000. A portion of the funding can be used toward support for a statistician and/or technician. Up to 10% of the grant award may be used toward indirect costs. A no-cost extension for up to two years for expending the full one-year amount will be considered based upon request from the investigator if sufficient justification can be made that a second year is necessary to complete the research project and ultimately benefit the health outcomes for women/girls with bleeding disorders.

The funding can be used toward:

Other non-salary items related to the research project will be considered upon request by the investigator and are subject to approval by the FWGBD Award Review Committee.

Responsibilities and Conditions 

Application Process
Candidates must submit completed applications no later than 11:59 PM (EDT) on Friday, September 15, 2023, merged into one PDF document to kfunkhouser@fwgbd.org

NOTE: Permission to have a primary mentor at another institution must be requested in advance by emailing an explanation as well as a letter of confirmation from the mentor to kfunkhouser@fwgbd.org so that a determination may be made as to eligibility before the application is prepared. A clear description of the supervisory and progress evaluation plans to illustrate commitment to the partnership’s success must be included.

Criteria for Assessing Applications

To reiteratecross-disciplinary basic, translational, or clinical research that requires a collaboration between Adult or Pediatric Hematology and Obstetrics/Gynecology; a Women’s Reproductive Health speciality such as Adolescent Medicine or Pediatric/Adolescent Gynecology; or another subspecialty relevant to the Foundation’s mission that involves the care of women and girls with bleeding disorders is REQUIRED.

All complete applications must be e-mailed by Friday, September 15, 2023. Other dates of importance are noted below:

Applications are dueSeptember 15, 2023
Notification of awardDecember 1, 2023
First grant award paymentFebruary 1, 2024
Progress Report dueAugust 1, 2024
Project Final Report dueFebruary 29, 2025
Final grant award payment (contingent on the report)March 13, 2025
 *The offering of these Special Research Grant Awards is made possible in part through an educational grant from Takeda.