Articles | Volume 53
28 Jul 2020
 | 28 Jul 2020

Success in grant applications for women and men

Johanna Stadmark, Claudia Jesus-Rydin, and Daniel J. Conley

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A similar proportion of women and men that submit applications to for example the European Research Council are successful in receiving funding. However, in this article we show that in all countries women are applying to a lower extent than their proportion of the workforce of researchers in the higher education sector would suggest, and men are therefore allocated disproportionally more research funds. We speculate on potential causes and hope to stimulate future investigations on this topic.