Study: White Scientists More Likely To Receive Grants Than Black Scientists

Black scientists are about one-third less likely to receive a National Institutes of Health grant than white scientists, a new study finds. “For every 100 applications submitted by white scientists, 29 were awarded grants. For every 100 applications from black scientists, 16 were financed.” The New York Times adds that “members of other races and ethnic groups, including Hispanics, do not appear to run into the same difficulties. Asians were somewhat less successful, but the gap disappeared when foreign-born scientists — who may have difficulty with English in writing successful grants — were excluded.”