College and Community Social Innovation Fund grants

Equity, diversity and inclusion

For details on integrating equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) considerations into research and links to additional resources, see the Guide to addressing EDI in College and Community Innovation program grant applications.

NSERC is acting on 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 EDI and is aligned with the objectives of the Tri-Agency EDI Action Plan. Quality research considers EDI both in the research environment (forming a research team, student training) and in the research process.

In this funding opportunity, applicants 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
  • 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, racialized groups, and members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

In addition to EDI in the research environment, the applicant is encouraged to describe how they 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.

What's next?
Research involving Indigenous Peoples and communities

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