NIH Responds to Racial Disparity in Minority Grant Numbers

The National Institutes of Health shocked itself in 2011 with a study that found a wide race-based variance in its grant awards. One immediate question was whether the disparity—black scientists were found to be getting less than 1 percent of the main categories of NIH grants—was due primarily to bias in the NIH’s grant-review system or to the quality and quantity of grant applications from black researchers.

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