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Gender differences

Success rate for UK government grants is lower for women, analysis reveals.

Women are less successful than men in getting grants from Research Councils UK (RCUK), according to an 11 March report from the umbrella body for the UK government's research councils. RCUK's first such analysis compared the annual success rate during 2010–13 of grant applications from women and men in eight age groups. Across all age and grant categories, women averaged a 25% success rate, compared with men's 29%. Iain Cameron, head of research careers and diversity at RCUK, says that the reason for women's lower success is not clear. One council is launching unconscious-bias training for peer reviewers, and RCUK may do a follow-up analysis. “The point of publishing these data is to expose them,” Cameron says.

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Gender differences. Nature 507, 525 (2014).

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