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In the News: Black Scientists Still Face an Uphill Battle in Securing NIH Research Grants

Jul 16 2020

Recently, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute Director Dylan Edwards, PhD, spoke with Philadelphia Magazine about the importance of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grants (R01) and how inherent bias in the review process disproportionately affects Black applicants.

Edwards was quoted alongside Edith Mitchell, founding director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities at Jefferson University Hospitals. The duo discussed the competitive nature of applying for R01 grants, the factors that go into the selection process, and a recent study showing that Black applicants have consistently been given lower scores than their white peers in the early stages of grant review. They also discussed ways that the scientific community can work to rectify the situation.

Read the entire story on phillymag.com.


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