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Gender Gap in First NIH Grants Hinders Women’s Careers: Study

March 5, 2019, 9:37 PM

Women scientists tend to get less money in their first research awards than men, creating an early stumbling block that makes it harder to advance professionally, a JAMA study found.

An analysis released March 5 of 53,000 first-time principal investigators found women received an average grant amount of $126,615 compared to $165,721 for men. That average spanned more than 200 different types of grants issued by the National Institutes of Health found at 2,766 research institutions.

“This shows women are disadvantaged from the very first NIH grant they submit relative to their male counterparts,” lead author and Northwestern University professor ...