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Race, not gender, factor in grant success

A study showing that white women were as likely as white men to receive a National Institutes of Health grants contradicts previous thinking that women of color are hampered by a double bind of race and gender.

Three researchers—from the University of Kansas, Boston University and the NIH—looked at applications for R01 grants, the biomedical research agency’s standard funding mechanism. The group reviewed applications submitted between 2000 and 2006 looking for connections between race, gender, experience and how likely the applicant was to be funded.

They report in Academic Medicine that white women do as well as white men. But Asian and black women with PhDs and black women with MDs are less likely to receive funding than their white women counterparts.

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