Equity in Funding
Figure 1 from Ginther et al, 2011. This illustrates the disparity whereby applications with Black PIs are at substantial disadvantage in being funded by the NIH.
The NIH Funding Disparity
In August of 2011, Donna Ginther and colleagues reported that applications submitted to the NIH with Black Principal Investigators (PIs) were at a substantial disadvantage compared with those submitted with white PIs.
Success rates for R01 applications submitted for funding in Fiscal Years 2000-2006 were 29.3% for those with white PIs and 17.1% for those with Black PIs. This represents a 1.7 fold advantage for the former or, in another way, 58% of the success rate for the latter.
In 2019, Hoppe and colleagues reported that, for R01 applications submitted for FY2011-FY2015, those with white PIs had a 17.7% success rate while those with Black PIs had a 10.7% success rate. This represented a 1.65 fold advantage for the applications with white PIs or, alternately, that those with Black PIs had only 60.5% of the chance of funding enjoyed by those with white PIs.
Hoppe and colleagues also reported that R01 applications which describe topics and approaches that are disproportionately proposed by Black PIs also are less likely to be funded, regardless of PI characteristics. This pointed to an accelerant which accounted for about 20% of the funding disparity.
Professor Taffe has authored several written commentaries which address this funding disparity.
Professor Taffe has been quoted in news articles that address the NIH funding disparity.