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Northwestern: Study Reports Women Scientists Get Less Federal Funding Than Men

First-time women principal investigator scientists received considerably less funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) compared to first-time male principal investigators, even at top research institutions, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the Kellogg School of Management published in JAMA.

Previous research showed women receive lower startup funds from their universities to launch their research. This is the first study to show women get less money when they submit grants to the federal government.

“If women are receiving less grant support from the very beginning of their career, they are less likely to succeed,” said co-corresponding author Dr. Teresa Woodruff, the Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, dean of The Graduate School and associate provost for graduate education. “This shows women are disadvantaged from the very first NIH grant they submit relative to their male counterparts. This represents an early stumbling block of $41,000.”

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