Volume 89 Issue 36 | pp. 47-49
Issue Date: September 5, 2011

NIH Grants Show Racial Divide

Agency to investigate accessibility to mentoring programs, potential bias in peer review process
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: NIH, NSF, grants, race

Black scientists who apply for grants from the National Institutes of Health have less chance of receiving funding than their white counterparts. This is the conclusion of an NIH-commissioned study, which has prompted intense discussions about potential racial bias in NIH’s peer review process and has sent agency officials scrambling to find the causes of and solutions to the problem.

The study, published last month in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1196783), revealed that, between fiscal . . .

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