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NIH Uncovers Racial Disparity in Grant Awards

Kaiser, J. (2011) NIH Uncovers Racial Disparity in Grant Awards. Science, 333 (6045). pp. 925-926. ISSN 0036-8075

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An in-depth analysis of grant data from the U.S. National Institutes of Health on page 1015 of this week's issue of Science finds that black Ph.D. scientists—and not other minorities—were far less likely to receive NIH funding than a white scientist from a similar institution with the same research record. A black scientist's chance of winning NIH funding was 10 percentage points lower than that of a white scientist. The NIH-commissioned analysis, which lifts the lid on confidential grant data, may reflect a series of slight advantages white scientists accumulate over the course of a career, the authors suggest. But the gap could also result from "insidious" bias favoring whites in a peer-review system that supposedly ranks applications only on scientific merit, NIH officials say. The findings have shaken NIH. Director Francis Collins and Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak have co-authored a response on page 940.

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Additional Information: Abstract from Science 19 August 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6045 pp. 925-926 DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6045.925. 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: National Institutes of Health, NIH funding
Subjects: Government Publications > NIH (National Institutes of Health)
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    Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2011 20:58
    Last Modified: 23 Aug 2011 11:32
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3124

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