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NSERC Statement on Equity, Diversity and Excellence in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research

Adopted September 7, 2017

The evidence is clear. Equity, diversity and inclusion strengthen the scientific and engineering communities and the quality, social relevance and impact of research. Sound equity, diversity and inclusion practices increase access to the largest pool of qualified potential participants, enhance the integrity of a program’s application and selection processes, strengthen the research outputs, and increase the overall excellence of research.

NSERC’s programs and peer review system are intended to ensure fair treatment of all applicants. NSERC is committed to implementing policies, processes and initiatives to identify and mitigate barriers and biases that may exist within its own programs and systems, and to work collaboratively with other stakeholders, when appropriate, to do the same.

Recognizing that challenges remain in achieving the full participation of equity-seeking groups (including women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, people with diverse gender identities and people with disabilities) in science and engineering careers, NSERC is committed to the implementation of its Framework on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to increase equity in all of its programs and awards and enhance research excellence.

In addition, NSERC will partner in special initiatives to make progress in the aforementioned areas.

The creation of an equitable, diverse as well as inclusive research community is the responsibility of every member of the community, including applicants, selection committee members, referees, institutions, council members, staff, advisors, partners and others engaged with NSERC.

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