Study finds gendered disparities in early-career NSERC grant funding

November 22, 2019

A recent study has found that early-career women scientists experience higher rejection rates and slightly less funding than men when applying for Discovery Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Career stage, which was inferred from available data, was the most important predictor of award value, showing that women were 7% more likely to receive rejection in the early-career phase. The average grant size was $33,155 per year, with men at a similar career stage and discipline receiving an average of $1,756 more. In a prepared statement, NSERC Senior Communications Advisor Martin Leroux said, “the granting agencies are working together to address broader cultural and systemic issues in academia and create an inclusive research enterprise that goes beyond gender equity to recognize diversity in the broadest sense.” University Affairs (National)