Female CIHR grant applicants have lower success rates than male counterparts

June 8, 2016

Experts are expressing concern about the potential effects of gender bias on science funding, reports the Ottawa Citizen. This concern has most recently arisen in connection with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, which has found a discrepancy in the success rates of female and male applicants to its new Foundation grants program. A review of the program found that while women made up 37% of the funding applicants, they made up only 27% of those who received funding. “Women are not succeeding at the rate that we would expect over time and we don’t know why so we have got to dig into that,” says Peggy Borbey, director general with the institute’s investigator initiated research branch. “There should be no reason that women aren’t as successful as men over time.” Ottawa Citizen