Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)
Recognizing that systemic barriers remain in achieving the full participation of underrepresented, disadvantaged, or equity-seeking groups (including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups and members of LGBTQ2+ communities) in science and engineering careers, NSERC is committed to the implementation of the Tri-Agency Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan to increase equity in all of its programs and awards and enhance research excellence. (As a “tri-agency” Action Plan, it is being jointly implemented with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).)
Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding, and to respond to local, national and global challenges.
With these goals in mind, the agency is committed to:
The Tri-Agency EDI Action Plan comprises close to two dozen initiatives developed around three key objectives:
These initiatives are designed to strengthen both the research community and the quality, social relevance and impact of research.
Examples of initiatives and corporate-wide measures that have been undertaken to ensure that GBA+ is integrated into departmental decision-making processes and programs include:
The agency participates in several internal, Tri-Agency and Government of Canada-wide committees on GBA+/EDI, including:
Accountability, monitoring and reporting mechanisms:
NSERC is developing several mechanisms to increase transparency and accountability in reporting and monitoring its progress on GBA+/EDI initiatives, including:
The total number of planned full-time equivalents (FTEs) that will be dedicated to GBA+ implementation in the department in 2020–21 include:
NSERC will develop or continue to implement major initiatives to apply GBA+ to its programs, processes and policies in 2020-21, including:
1. Baseline cohesion in EDI and foundational policy work around research excellence, including:
2. Provide support to institutions as they adapt to policy and program changes, including:
3. Self-identification data collection: NSERC developed and implemented systems to collect and monitor voluntary self-identification data on the participation of individuals from underrepresented groups in its funding programs, committees, and peer review processes. NSERC is currently updating the questionnaire based on best practices and new policy developments, including the new Accessible Canada Act as well as the requirements from the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement for the Canada Research Chairs Program. These data will inform future diversity and inclusion activities and/or decisions.
|Reporting capacity and data||
The collection of data on underrepresented groups in research is a priority area for the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) and NSERC has started collecting data on applicants (2018) and peer reviewers (2019) in its core programs (Discovery Research; Research Training and Talent Development; Research Partnerships)
Data currently are collected on the following identity factors/questions:
Data on participation rates and success rates, using the aforementioned information, are publicly released.