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Research Letter
September 15, 2015

Sex Differences in Institutional Support for Junior Biomedical Researchers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Medical Foundation Division, Health Resources in Action, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2National Institute for Child Healthcare Quality, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2015;314(11):1175-1177. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8517

Women are underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce. Only 30% of funded investigators are women.1,2 Junior faculty women have fewer peer-reviewed publications than men3,4 and are more often on clinician-educator (vs traditional) tracks.5 One reason may be differences in early-career institutional support, which to our knowledge has not been previously examined.

Application data from 2 New England biomedical research programs administered by the Medical Foundation Division of Health Resources in Action were analyzed. One program accepted applicants in a single field of study within 5 years of initial faculty appointment; the second program invited institutions to submit 2 basic science applicants within 2 years of initial appointment.