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Race, Ethnicity, and NIH Research Awards

Ginther, D. K. and Schaffer, W. T. and Schnell, J. and Masimore, B. and Liu, F. and Haak, L. L. and Kington, R. (2011) Race, Ethnicity, and NIH Research Awards. Science, 333 (6045). p. 1015. ISSN 0036-8075

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We investigated the association between a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 applicant’s self-identified race or ethnicity and the probability of receiving an award by using data from the NIH IMPAC II grant database, the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, and other sources. Although proposals with strong priority scores were equally likely to be funded regardless of race, we find that Asians are 4 percentage points and black or African-American applicants are 13 percentage points less likely to receive NIH investigator-initiated research funding compared with whites. After controlling for the applicant’s educational background, country of origin, training, previous research awards, publication record, and employer characteristics, we find that black applicants remain 10 percentage points less likely than whites to be awarded NIH research funding. Our results suggest some leverage points for policy intervention.

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Additional Information: Abstract from Science 19 August 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6045 pp. 1015-1019 DOI:10.1126/science.1196783. Reprinted with permission from AAAS. Readers may view, browse, and/or download material for temporary copying purposes only, provided these uses are for noncommercial personal purposes. Except as provided by law, this material may not be further reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, adapted, performed, displayed, published, or sold in whole or in part, without prior written permission from the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), race, ethnicity
Subjects: Government Publications > NIH (National Institutes of Health)
Health > Disparities
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    Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2011 21:58
    Last Modified: 23 Aug 2011 11:29
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3116

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