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Action Urged to Curb Racial Bias in NIH Grants

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Science  22 Jun 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6088, pp. 1490
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6088.1490

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To counter a racial tilt in the funding of basic research grants, the National Institutes of Health should launch a "continuous" review and take remedial steps against bias, a working group told NIH Director Francis Collins at a meeting on 14 June. These recommendations, laid out in a draft report to the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director, are aimed at correcting what the working group calls a "disturbing discrepancy": Black applicants are less likely to win independent investigator grants than whites.

  • * Michael Price is a writer with Science Careers.