Explaining gender bias in ERC grant selection - Life Science case

P.A.A. van den Besselaar, H Schiffbaenker, Ulf Sandström, S.C. Mom

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Abstract

To explain lower success rates of female applicants in ERC grants, we collected data about past performance of the applicants, and we interviewed panel members about how selection criteria are practiced in general and specifically for female vs. male applicants. Controlling for several past performance variables, we still do find gender bias – more often in favor of men than of women. The analysis of the interviews provides empirical evidence that current evaluation practices indeed are not at all optimal, leading to gender-biased practices and outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience, Technology and Innovation Indicators in Transition
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherCentre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS)
Pages346-352
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameSTI Conference Proceedings
PublisherCentre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS)
Number23
Volume2018

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van den Besselaar, P. A. A., Schiffbaenker, H., Sandström, U., & Mom, S. C. (2018). Explaining gender bias in ERC grant selection - Life Science case. In Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators in Transition (pp. 346-352). (STI Conference Proceedings; Vol. 2018, No. 23). Leiden: Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS).
van den Besselaar, P.A.A. ; Schiffbaenker, H ; Sandström, Ulf ; Mom, S.C. / Explaining gender bias in ERC grant selection - Life Science case. Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators in Transition. Leiden : Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), 2018. pp. 346-352 (STI Conference Proceedings; 23).
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Explaining gender bias in ERC grant selection - Life Science case. / van den Besselaar, P.A.A.; Schiffbaenker, H; Sandström, Ulf; Mom, S.C.

Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators in Transition. Leiden : Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), 2018. p. 346-352 (STI Conference Proceedings; Vol. 2018, No. 23).

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