It’s international women’s day, and I’m thinking a lot about my own grant renewal, which is coming due soon. And I ask myself (and you the reader):

Why are the NIH grant success rates consistently lower for women?

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Data from the NIH Data Book. Data by gender–>Success Rates

Seems like these lines should cross back and forth if there were random fluctuations. Yet, they don’t. All the data available online – almost 20 years worth! – show that women have experienced less success in obtaining the lifeblood of a scientific lab.

It’s no wonder the pipeline is leaky….