Racism in Grant Funding

In “Racial Inequity in Grant Funding from the NIH,” Michael A Taffe and Nicholas W Gilpin note that “Several analyses have revealed that African-American/Black scientists are less likely to receive NIH grant funding compared with their white, Hispanic/Latinx, or Asian colleagues.” They make a persuasive argument, based on research studies, that Black scientists are awarded fewer grants. Write a thoughtful response to this article. You may find the following questions helpful:

  • What action do the authors ask readers to take? What do you think of their requests?
  • As a scientist, how do you react to this disparity? What can you do to rectify it?
  • Why are grants so important in science? And, why does this negatively affect Black scientists more?
  • What should grant-awarding institutions do to overcome these biases?

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