This is going to be explosive. Jocelyn Kaiser reports:
But an in-depth analysis of grant data from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) on page 1015 in this issue of Science finds that the problem goes much deeper than impressions. Black Ph.D. scientists—and not other minorities—were far less likely to receive NIH funding for a research idea than a white scientist from a similar institution with the same research record. The gap was large: A black scientist's chance of winning NIH funding was 10 percentage points lower than that of a white scientist. [emphasis added-DM]
The report by Ginther et al is here, the key figure is below:
Let the race-splainin' begin....
[h/t: Academic Lurker]