Equity, diversity and inclusion

NSERC is committed to supporting excellence in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) fields. Embedding equity, diversity and inclusionFootnote * (EDI) considerations in all aspects of research is essential to the creation of the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to respond to local, national and global challenges. To achieve world-class research and be competitive on a global scale, an equitable, diverse, accessible and inclusive research culture is needed—one that fosters innovation and research excellence through the meaningful participation of all talented individuals.

Guided by the Tri-Agency EDI Action Plan for 2018–2025, NSERC critically assesses its programs, policies and processes, using evidence-based, data-driven methods, to ensure equitable access to funding opportunities and to contribute to the development of a more equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible postsecondary research ecosystem and culture in Canada. More information on these efforts can be found under Actions, Review process, Career interruptions and Data.

NSERC is embedding EDI considerations into the application requirements and selection criteria of its funding opportunities. The Resources section provides links to tools and guidance documents designed to help the NSE research community learn more about integrating EDI considerations in research.

A number of NSERC’s funding opportunities are designed to address barriers and biases experienced by underrepresented groups and to promote EDI. The Grants and awards section provides information on these funding opportunities.

NSERC strives to build meaningful, respectful and reciprocal relationships with Indigenous Peoples to continue on the journey towards reconciliation. We recognize that First Nations, Inuit and Métis are rights-holding groups. Accordingly, distinct approaches and initiatives are being co-developed with representatives from these groups to support research by and with Indigenous Peoples. More information can be found in the Canada Research Coordinating Committee’s Strengthening Indigenous Research Capacity strategic plan.

In addition to these EDI efforts aimed at addressing barriers and inequities faced by underrepresented groups, including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities/racialized groups and members of LGBTQ2+ communities, NSERC has developed a page on accessibility, which includes an Accessibility Plan. This initiative aims to ensure greater opportunities for persons with disabilities and all those that experience barriers.

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