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Black scientists tend to receive less favorable application scores when seeking US National Institutes of Health grants, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

A University of Washington-led team of researchers analyzed R01 applications submitted and reviewed by NIH's Center for Scientific Review (CSR) between 2014 and 2016. Of these, 1,015 applications were submitted by black principal investigators and 45,211 were submitted by white PIs. 

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