Peer review of funding applications for health research in ethnic minority groups must improve

Laura Kudrna and her colleagues argue that for better health outcomes for ethnic minority groups, higher quality and more inclusive health research is necessary. They discuss the current limitations in the peer review process for funding applications, as well as the need to address systemic and interpersonal racism in medicine and society. They propose the creation of a working group to establish guidelines for evaluating funding applications to improve ethnic minority representation in research. They also call for cautions when categorizing ethnic groups in research and when considering previous research success as a funding criterion. They conclude that transparent standards can help ensure quality and representation from ethnic minority groups in health research.

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