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Comment & Response
August 13, 2019

Sex Differences in Grant Funding

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2019;322(6):578-580. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.7840

To the Editor A recent study described sex differences in the amount of NIH funds awarded to comparable first-time male and female PIs.1 Concerns have been raised previously about sex differences in grant attainment, compensation, and well-being of physician-scientists funded by the NIH.2,3 Numerous mechanisms underlying these differences have been described, including unconscious biases4 and sex differences in negotiation behaviors.5

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