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August 20, 2011

Black Scientists Get Less Funding than White Ones

Filed under: Uncategorized — Staff @ 2:48 pm

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A study released this week found that Black scientists receive less funding than white ones from the National Institute of Health.   NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins stepped in front of the issue by stating clearly that “this situation is not acceptable.”

Diversity is a very serious problem in the sciences.  People of color are significantly underrepresented, and they are only sparsely represented in the medical profession.  The study determined that there’s a 10 percent difference between the funding of black and white researchers.

The comparisons were made with the most common type of NIH grant.  The differential was without regard to education level of research experience.  From 2000 to 2006, 27 percent of white applicants received grants.  At the same time, only 17% of black applicants were funded.

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  3. Don’t Blacks get less in everything except bad stuffs e.g prison sentences?

    Comment by Anonymous — August 21, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

  4. Although this is important news and this gap in funding needs to be exposed, it is not surprising to any African American. We are victims in so much of society that when you combine all of the ways we are discriminated against, it is suprising we have come this far. Thank you for this important information.

    Comment by stopthstupidity — August 22, 2011 @ 2:07 pm


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