Women are significantly less likely than men to get grants and awards for New Investigation personnel from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Karen Burns from the University of Toronto, Canada, and colleagues.
Research has shown that women at all career stages are more likely to leave academics than men, and research shows that women also receive less funding. In the new study, researchers retrospectively reviewed 55,700 grants and 4,087 award applications submitted to CIHR between 2000 and 2015.
Over the time studied, women submitted 31.1% and 44.7% of the respective applications for awards and personnel awards. At 13 CIHR institutes, female applicants are significantly less likely to win a grant (risk ratio 0.89, 95% CI 0.84-0.94, p
"Additional research is urgently needed to explain the reasons for gender differences in success rates, overall and by area of content, and to identify 'conditions that increase bias' in the peer-review process," the authors said.
Female scientists get less federal funding than men, the new study finds
Karen E. A. Burns et al. Gender differences in the level of grant funding and personnel awards at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research based on the area of research content: Retrospective analysis, PLOS Medicine (2019). DOI: 10.1371 / journal.pmed.1002935
Women are less likely to receive Canadian federal research funding (2019, October 22)
taken October 22, 2019
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