3 February 2022

Gender disparities in NHMRC’s Investigator Grant Scheme

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso AO has released a communique with a detailed analysis of funding outcomes by gender in the first three rounds of the Investigator Grant Scheme.

The analysis is provided to support discussion of the funding outcomes and potential approaches to achieving gender equity in this scheme.

“The issues discussed in this communique will be high priorities on which NHMRC seeks advice from its Research Committee and Women in Health Science Committee over the coming year,” said Professor Kelso.

“NHMRC is committed to achieving a gender-equal research sector – where all researchers have equal opportunity to pursue their research ambitions and which draws on the whole pool of talent needed to meet present and future health challenges.

“Progress has been made towards gender equity in grant numbers and value across the NHMRC grant program overall and near-equal proportions of female and male applicants have been funded for the past 5 years. But there is more to do.

“We will work on the issues discussed in this communique until they are resolved. We look to the research sector itself, including administering institutions, senior research leaders and peer reviewers, to work with us to support the advancement of women’s research careers and to eliminate all forms of bias. We will reach our goal with your support.”

A webinar will be presented by Professor Kelso to discuss gender equity in NHMRC’s Investigator Grant Scheme.

The CEO Communique and a link to register for the webinar are available on NHMRC’s website.