Applied Research and Development grants

Equity, diversity and inclusion

NSERC is acting on the evidence that 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. This principle informs the commitments described in the Tri-agency statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and is aligned with the objectives of the Tri-agency EDI Action Plan for 2018–2025.

Colleges applying for ARD grants are encouraged to embed EDI considerations at each stage of the research process and to increase the inclusion and advancement of underrepresented groups as one way to enhance excellence in research and training. EDI considerations should be integrated into the rationale of the composition of the research team and into student/trainee training plans.

For information on how to integrate EDI considerations into the rationale of the research team composition and into training plans, and for links to additional resources, see the Guide to addressing EDI in CCI grant applications.

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