Male researchers’ ‘vague’ language more likely to win grants

An interesting article on grant proposal writng styles of males and females published in Nature.

Grant reviewers award lower scores to proposals from women than to those from men, even when they don’t know the gender of the applicant, an analysis of thousands of submissions to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has found.

That’s because male and female scientists use different types of word on grant applications, according to the study, published by the US National Bureau of Economic Research.

Published online: 01 May 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01402-4