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Gender Differences in Grant Submissions across Science and Engineering Fields at the NSF

Authors
  • RissleR, Leslie J1, 2
  • Hale, Katherine L3, 2
  • Joffe, Nina R4
  • Caruso, Nicholas M5
  • 1 Division of Environmental Biology, National Science Foundation
  • 2 Rissler and Hale contributed equally to this paper
  • 3 National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, part of the National Science Foundation
  • 4 Department of Biology, New Mexico State University
  • 5 Department of Fish and Wildlife, Virginia Tech
Type
Published Article
Journal
BioScience
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Jul 29, 2020
Volume
70
Issue
9
Pages
814–820
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biaa072
PMID: 32973410
PMCID: PMC7498325
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

There has been great growth in women's participation in the US academic doctoral workforce, but underrepresentation remains in all science and engineering fields, especially at high academic ranks. We obtained estimates of the numbers of professorial women and men in fields likely to seek funding from the National Science Foundation and aligned those numbers with each of six research directorates to investigate temporal trends in submission patterns. We found that women are as likely to be funded as men, but the percentage of women submitting proposals was less than expected in every field but engineering. Women are as likely as men to be employed at the most research active institutions, but women are less likely than men to self-report research as their primary work activity in almost all fields but engineering. This work imbalance ultimately limits the diversity of basic science research ideas in science and engineering.

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