Gender Gap in Biomedical Research Start-Up Funds

September 16, 2015

Women starting careers in biomedical research receive less start-up support than do men, according to a new study in JAMA (second study discussed in this link). The study was based on data collected by the Medical Foundation Division of Health Resources in Action as part of two programs that support biomedical research in education. Institutions provided data on their faculty members who were applying for grants, and the programs attracted applicants equally likely to have terminal degrees and similar lengths of time from earning those degrees to the time of the grant application. Male applicants reported much higher levels of start-up support (median of $889,000) than female applicants (median of $350,000). Forty percent of men and only 12 percent of women reported support of more than $1 million.

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