Promoting gender equity in grant making: what can a funder do?

Elsevier, The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 9-11.
Authors: 
Sindy Alvarez, Reshma Jagsi, Stephanie Abbuhl, Carole Leed and Elizabeth Myersa

Underrepresentation of women at the higher ranks of medicine and science in the USA is well established. Career advancement of female scientists is reported to be adversely affected by gender disparities in start-up packages, salary, and grant application review processes. Because attainment of career development awards is associated with subsequent grant funding, understanding and targeting potential sources of bias in grant selection processes could be particularly important in improving the career advancement of women and in funding promising research.