Coaching & Resources for Entrepreneurial Women (CREW) Program

We are pleased to announce that the Medical University of South Carolina has been awarded an Innovative Program to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) grant from the National Institutes of General Medical Studies (NIH/NIGMS) to establish the Coaching and Resources for Entrepreneurial Women (CREW) program. 


There is an imbalance in the number of women entrepreneurs in biomedical sciences. Using an innovative approach combining mentoring, coaching, and skill-building activities, the CREW program aims to address this imbalance and promote an entrepreneurial mindset among women in junior faculty and senior post-doctoral fellows.


Program Activities:

For a period of one year, CREW participants will be partnered with both an accomplished biomedical entrepreneur for mentorship and a professional coach and will engage in individual and group mentorship and coaching sessions monthly.

In addition, participants will complete entrepreneurship mindset surveys, an online entrepreneurship course, and training in responsible conduct of research and provide feedback and evaluation of the program.

CREW participants will meet in person once in Charleston, SC to take part in an annual innovation symposium in the Spring of each year.

Costs associated with the program, including course fees, will be covered through funding from NIGMS. Participants will be responsible for travel and lodging for in-person meetings.


Application Information:

Applications are now being accepted from women at all U.S. institutions with priority given to institutions in South Carolina and neighboring NIH IDeA states.

Women with all levels of entrepreneurial experience are eligible to apply.

Apply here


The application requires the following documents:

  • a letter from the applicant's department/division chair, chief, or primary mentor confirming the applicant has the time to complete the program
  • an NIH-style biographical sketch or similar document limited to 5 pages
  • a statement of interest