Research

IRWG's research agenda reflects the wide-ranging interests of U-M faculty, researchers, and graduate students who study women and gender. We have successfully supported research grant proposals by Michigan faculty from the following agencies:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • NIH - NCI (National Cancer Institute)
  • NIH - NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) 
  • NIH - NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • NIH - NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
  • NIH - NINR (National Institute of Nursing Research)
  • NIH - NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health
  • Ford Foundation
  • Women's Sports Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Spencer Foundation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Russell Sage Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Education - FIPSE
  • National Association for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)

Explore current research projects below.

Current Programs and Initiatives

Program or Initiative Title Summary

Insurance Justice Research Project

IRWG researchers are looking at consumer- and patient-side insurance problems and barriers in areas such as women’s health, transgender health, contraception and abortion coverage, opioid addiction treatment coverage, and mental health coverage, and how these events drive life chances and economic circumstances among the insured population.

Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative (LGQRI)

An ongoing speaker series addressing interdisciplinary research and scholarship on sexuality. LGQRI presents public events throughout each academic year.

Michigan Women’s Surgical Collaborative

The MWSC mission is to develop, disseminate and implement strategies that promote the advancement of all female surgeons and achieve diversity, equity and inclusion across surgical disciplines.

Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center (SHARP)

The Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center (SHARP) researches and creates real world solutions to our most pressing questions in public health and health care, deploying gender as a critical lens.

Transgender Health Research Network

IRWG will be a new collaboration hub for bringing together all U-M researchers working on transgender health topics. Participants include key researchers in Medicine, Public Health, Social Work, Nursing, the Institute for Social Research, and LSA.