Racial Disparities in Funding Criminal Justice Research

ABSTRACT

National attention on racial inequities in criminal justice has been revived with a focus on policy reform. However, the scientific research that would inform such legislative changes may itself suffer from systemic racial inequity. Previous studies showed that Black researchers were significantly less likely to be awarded NIH grant funding compared to Asian, Hispanic, and White applicants. Specifically, Black women were significantly less likely to receive funding, as well as having a lower submission rate overall. This study seeks to expand previous work by analyzing grant award data from 2000-2020 obtained from the DOJ, NIJ, and the NSF for the purpose of understanding the relationship between gender and racial dimensions and likelihood becoming a recipient of a coveted award from one of the largest and most prestigious awards granting institutions in America for justice research.  Policy recommendations to increase fairness and expanding access to opportunities will discussed.