Having rudely queried the secretary about whether or not there were any women on the grants panel, I wasn't expecting any reply at all from FQXi
, but today I received this email:
Dear Ms. Sheppeard
The makeup of the review panel is confidential. However, I can tell you (if these are the lines along which you are inquiring) that
(a) FQXi is committed to diversity in many aspects including by subject, and by geographical origin, race, gender, ethnicity, and career stage of the applicant, and
(b) none of these factors, or their lack of consideration, was by any plausible reading of the proceedings responsible for the negative outcome of your grant application. The panel had a lot of very tough decisions to make given the quality of the applications and the available funding. The panel was quite careful in their evaluations and ranking, and your proposal was not high-enough ranked to be funded, nor was it one of the unfunded proposals near the cutoff.
Thank you again for the effort that you put into your FQXi application, and I regret that the outcome was not positive for you.
Associate Scientific Director
Foundational Questions Institute