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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