Blacks far less likely than whites to land NIH grants

Blacks far less likely than whites to land NIH grants

Agency director responds, promises changes are afoot

By Janet Raloff, 14:18 PM August 18, 2011

Among minority scientists applying for National Institutes of Health research grants, blacks alone face a substantially lower likelihood of being successful than whites, a new study finds. This investigation, which was prompted by the research agency itself, will catalyze further probes and a host of changes, promises NIH director Francis Collins.

The findings emerge from a study published online Aug. 18 in Science. Donna Ginther of the University of Kansas in Lawrence and her colleagues pr...

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