Women less likely to receive Canadian federal research funding
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Women are significantly less likely than men to be awarded grants and New Investigator personnel awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Karen Burns of the University of Toronto, Canada, and colleagues.
Research has already shown that women at all career stages are more likely to leave academia than men, and studies have hinted that women also receive less funding. In the new study, the researchers retrospectively reviewed 55,700 grant and 4,087 personnel award applications submitted to CIHR between 2000 and 2015.
Over the time studied, women submitted 31.1% and 44.7% of grant and personnel award applications respectively. Across all 13 institutes of CIHR, women applicants were significantly less likely to win grants (risk ratio 0.89, 95% CI 0.84-0.94, p
“Additional research is urgently needed to explicate the reasons for gender differences in success rates, overall and by content area, and to identify ‘bias-enhancing conditions’ in the peer-review process,” the authors say.
The authors received no specific funding for this work.
The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
Burns KEA, Straus SE, Liu K, Rizvi L, Guyatt G (2019) Gender differences in grant and personnel award funding rates at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research based on research content area: A retrospective analysis. PLoS Med 16(10): e1002935. https:/
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The Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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