Previous research has found that funding disparities in NIH grant applications are driven by applications’ final impact scores and that only a portion of the black/white funding gap can be explained by bibliometrics and topic choice. In this talk, I will start with an overview of the past research on racial disparities in NIH peer review. I will then present our findings from the recent paper by Erosheva, Grant, Chen, Lindner, Nakamura, and Lee “NIH peer review: Criterion scores completely account for racial disparities in overall impact scores” (2020), explain implications of our findings, and end with some open questions. 

Details on the Blackwell Seminar can be found here.