Research Council UK have recently published high level data on grant and fellowship applications, awards and success rates by gender, age and ethnicity. All data was generated over the last three financial years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 and reported as both numbers and as percentages.
The seven UK Research Councils are:
◦Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC);
◦Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC);
◦Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC);
◦Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC);
◦Medical Research Council (MRC);
◦Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);
◦Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
The full report can be accessed here – http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/media/news/240315/
Below is a small section of the NERC data:-
‘The data shows little difference in the success rates for grant applications when analysed by gender, suggesting that NERC assessment processes are largely free from gender bias. However, the numbers of applications show a significantly higher proportion of male applicants – in the region of 80%/20%. This is only partially explained by the eligible population, as described in the HESA data, which suggests a slightly higher population of women than is reflected in the application data.’