Gender bias in grants

Veni beurzen

At the request of NWO, nearly 3000 assessment files of VENI candidates were analysed. The results showed that in each step of the assessment process (pre-selection, interviews, awards), more women were dropped out compared to men. The evaluators did not see any difference in the quality of the research proposals submitted by men and women, nor in the knowledge utilization of their research, but assessed the qualities as a researcher lower among female applicants.

Van der Lee, R. & Ellemers, N. (2015). Gender contributes to personal research funding success in the Netherlands. PNAS112(40), 12349-12353.

Verschillen in startsubsidies

Male researchers at the start of their careers received more than twice as much (median: $889,000) from their employer to set up their research programme compared to female applicants (median: $350,000). These differences could not be explained by differences in education, years of experience, or characteristics of the institution where they worked.


Sege, R., Nykiel-Bub, L., & Selk, S. (2015). Sex differences in institutional support for junior biomedical researchers. JAMA314(11), 1175-1177.