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Health Agencies Update
August 27, 2008

Women in Research

JAMA. 2008;300(8):891. doi:10.1001/jama.300.8.891-a

Hoping to boost the ranks of women in the biomedical sciences and engineering, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is soliciting grants for research on the barriers women face as they pursue careers in science (http://womeninscience.nih.gov/funding/index.asp).

The initiative, which is being sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, will award up to 8 grants in fiscal year 2009 totaling $2 million to $3 million. The grants will be awarded to researchers who are examining the factors that influence the career paths of women in these fields, or testing the efficacy of programs that aim to reduce gender disparities in these fields. For example, studies may probe how family, economic factors, or institutional culture and structure may influence women's career choices.