Can women head up Big Mech NIH Grants?

March 23, 2011

I had a query for Dr. Sally Rockey over at the OER blog that she claims will be answered in an upcoming paper. Her post discussed the success rates for women PIs when it comes to R01/equivalent applications, NIH wide. Bottom line is that women have comparable success rates for Type 1 applications and a slightly worse rate for Type 2.

I wanted to know about success for the larger projects…the Program Projects and Centers.

Being impatient, I went snooping around on RePORTER for one of my favorite ICs….

P60s- 33% woman PD (there are only three P60s)

P50s- 32% women PDs

P20s- 31% women PDs

The data figure posted on the Rock Talk blog looks to show that women PIs are about 26-28% of the R01/equivalent pool.

So at least for this one IC, women are better represented on the BigMechs than the NIH-wide R01/equivalent representation.

Nice.

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  1. Why the fuggen fugge didn’t you look at fuggen P01, you lazy motherfugger?

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  2. drugmonkey Says:

    I put you on that, didn’t you get the email?

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  3. I checked P01’s for a favored IC of mine and found 6/26=23% female PD’s.

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  4. drugmonkey Says:

    Thanks GR! Anyone else got a favorite I or C to check?

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  5. Odyssey Says:

    Shouldn’t the question start with “Do”? As written, the answer is a simple yes.

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  6. It was a bit of a motherfucker to sift through it all but 14% NCI P01’s are headed up by females.

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  7. Eli Rabett Says:

    The cynical part of Eli says that picking the PI on a program grant is a political choice.

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