ORWH supports understudied, underrepresented, and underreported (U3) interdisciplinary research. The ORWH U3 program targets interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research focused on the effects of sex/gender influences at the intersection of several social determinants—including, but not limited to, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education, health literacy, gender identity, and urban/rural residence—in human health and illness. This research includes preclinical, clinical, behavioral, and translational studies to address health disparities among groups of women in the U.S. that are understudied, underrepresented, and underreported in biomedical research.
ORWH has an administrative supplement for such research. Projects must include a focus on one or more NIH-designated health disparity populations, which include African Americans or Blacks, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. Combining two or more populations is encouraged.
U3 Webinar Series
The office also has a webinar series that focuses on research on U3 populations. The series brings in principal investigators who educate people about various U3 populations to increase interest in pursuing research for understudied, underrepresented, and underreported women.
Past U3 Webinars
- Mass Incarceration, Housing, and HIV/STI Risk: Focusing Attention on Women (September 12, 2019)
- Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Women: Strategies for Promoting Justice Through Research Within an Overlooked Population (July 16, 2019)
- Developing a Translational Research Program to Improve Quality of Life Among Latina Breast Cancer Survivors (May 1, 2019)
- Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting: Challenges, Research Gaps, and Opportunities in a Hidden Population (February 20, 2019)