(Article) Fewer US researchers are disclosing disabilities on NIH grant applications

The proportion of researchers who report disabilities in grant applications for the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) fell by more than one-third from 2008 to 2018, finds a study. It also determined that applicants who do disclose a disability are slightly less likely to win a grant than are those who say they are not disabled.

The report found that 1.2% of applicants for NIH grants in 2018 reported a disability, compared with 1.9% in 2008 (B. K. Swenor et al. PLoS ONE 15, e0228686; 2020). The authors used data gathered through a request under the Freedom of Information Act. "I think people are under-reporting" their disabilities, says co-author Bonnielin Swenor, an ophthalmologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine in...

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