Study Finds No Evidence of Bias in First Stage of the NIH Grant Review Process


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A new study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found that bias towards women and Black scientists is unlikely in the initial phase of the process the National Institutes of Health uses to review applications for grants, even though reviewers at this stage are aware of the each applicant’s identity. For the study, researchers selected 48 actual grant proposals sent to NIH and stripped them of any identifying information. Each study was reproduced four times with new fictitious names and information implying the applying scientist was a White man, White woman, Blac...