ABOUT THE STUDY

The NIH commissioned Thomson Reuters Analytics experts to investigate the association between an NIH applicant’s race or ethnicity and their chance of receiving an award. The study was part of a larger effort to examine and improve the diversity of its funded biomedical research workforce. In addition to highlighting the breadth of our analytic services, this paper underscores the utility of Web of Science in measuring scientific achievement.

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QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE STUDY:

  • First-time Black applicants were 10 percentage points less likely than White applicants to receive an NIH R01 grant award
  • The R01 is the preeminent grant mechanism for health-related research
  • The study, published August 19th in Science, demonstrates that the data exist to test variables that affect grant success rates at grant-making organizations
  • We analyzed over 100,000 applications from more than 40,000 researchers