Gender differences in grant applications and their impact on scientific productivity

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The study by Schmaling and Gallo (2023) sheds new light on gender differences in peer reviewed grant applications, grant awards, and award amounts. Although women submit grant applications less frequently, the systematic review and meta-analysis show that the acceptance rate for grants is similar between men and women, suggesting no gender bias in grant peer review. However, the results indicate that gender disparities still exist in this area. Women receive smaller grant amounts than men, and the research also revealed that men have a significantly higher acceptance rate after reapplying for grants compared to women. These findings suggest that women may experience adverse consequences due to smaller grant amounts and fewer awards upon reapplication, impacting their scientific productivity.

This research emphasizes the importance of increased transparency in grant allocations and the monitoring of this data to analyze gender inequality and the potential adverse effects on female scientists.

Schmaling, K. B., & Gallo, S. A. (2023). Gender differences in peer reviewed grant applications, awards, and amounts: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Research Integrity and Peer Review8(1), 2.