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More data needed on gender balance

The Government Accountability Office report has found that there is insufficient data to conclude whether men are favoured over women for grant awards.

A GAO report concluded that women were just as likely to win grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Agriculture, although the report notes that there are fewer applications from women than from men.

The GAO studied the rates at which men and women receive research grants from six federal agencies. Because these agencies fund work at universities, they are required to prevent any sex discrimination, as stipulated by the Title IX legislation passed in 1972.

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