The National Institute Of Health (NIH) announced that it will fund studies on transgender issues that will cost $200,000 each.
The announcement comes after NIH received a $2 billion spending increase from the Senate. Applications for the transgender studies grants open Oct. 5, with the purpose of conducting “exploratory or developmental research on the health of transgender and gender nonconforming people,” according to the grant announcement. The study will include young people and adults who are questioning their gender identity, as well as individuals who have already transitioned from one gender to the other.
The research will address the “medical, sociological, psychological and structural causes and consequences of transgender and gender nonconforming identities” and investigate “social determinants of health in these populations are needed, including understanding the impact of stigma, the high impact of HIV, minority stress, education, employment, violence, homelessness, and incarceration,” according to the announcement.
The announcement explains that society currently lacks a thorough understanding of transgender relationships with partners and family, as well as sexual and reproductive health. The research will also aim to examine aging as it relates to particular life events and experiences, such as hormone therapy and surgery. Scientists will also investigate transgender brain development.
NIH said the number of studies it will fund depends on its budget as well as the number of “meritorious applications” it receives, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
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