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Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)


The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) ensures that research conducted and supported by the NIH adequately addresses issues regarding women's health. ORWH stimulates and encourages basic and clinical research on the role of sex and gender in health and disease, and sets NIH research priorities in diseases, disorders, and conditions that primarily affect women.

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NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health and Sex Differences Research

The current strategic plan provides a framework for women’s health and sex differences research within and beyond the NIH.

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Funded Research

Research projects supported by ORWH each year are a cohesive and interdisciplinary trans-NIH effort to address women’s health and sex and gender differences.

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Funding Opportunities

The ORWH supports basic and clinical research related to women’s health and sex differences research through the NIH Institutes and Centers.

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Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Clinical Research

The ORWH works in partnership with the NIH Institutes and Centers to ensure women and minorities are included in NIH-funded clinical research.

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Global Health Research

ORWH participates in Trans-NIH programs engaged in global health research and research training activities.

Additional Resources

Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) on Sex Differences

  • An innovative interdisciplinary research program supporting established scientists at centers across the country. SCORs integrate basic, clinical, and translational approaches to incorporating a sex and gender focus in research. Learn more!

NIH Priorities for Women’s Health Research

  • The NIH strategic plan for women’s health and sex differences research identifies three cross-cutting themes for integrating women’s health into the biomedical research landscape. Read more.
This page last reviewed on February 17, 2016