Applied Research and Development grants

Equity, diversity and inclusion

For information on how to integrate equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) considerations into your research proposal and for links to additional resources, see the Guide to addressing EDI in College and Community Innovation program grant applications.

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.

In this funding opportunity, you are encouraged to increase the inclusion and advancement of underrepresented groups to enhance excellence in research and training. EDI considerations must be integrated into:

  • the rationale of the composition of research teams; and
  • the training, mentorship and professional development opportunities for students and trainees

The aim of these initiatives is to remove systemic barriers to the recruitment and full participation of individuals from underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups and members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

In addition, you are encouraged to describe how you will integrate EDI into aspects of the research process, such as the research design, research questions, methodology, analyses and interpretation, how the research will be disseminated, and how the knowledge will be mobilized. Integrating EDI considerations can strengthen your proposal.

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Research involving Indigenous Peoples and communities

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