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    Gender Disparities Seen in Research Grant Applications

    Women pediatric residents more likely to request and receive less money, receive lower scores

    THURSDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Among pediatric residents, gender differences in research grant applications and funding are similar to disparities seen among faculty members, according to a study published July 5 in Pediatrics.

    Mary Beth Gordon, M.D., of Children's Hospital Boston, and colleagues reviewed 2003 to 2008 applications to an internal, mentored research grant fund at an academic pediatric residency program.

    Although no disparity was seen in funding success rates, the researchers found that men were more likely than women to request more money, receive higher application scores, and obtain higher awards. They also found that these results were partly explained by a higher proportion of male applicants holding an advanced research degree; but, even after controlling for advanced degrees, they found that female applicants were still more likely to have lower application scores.

    "For residents without previous research experience or advanced degrees, specific mentoring or coursework may improve grant writing and funding success rates and may address gender disparities earlier in the careers of future academic pediatric faculty," the authors conclude.

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