Message from the Presidents of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC re Equity, diversity and inclusion: an open letter to the research community

We are pleased to inform you that the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) will now ask all applicants to grant, scholarship, and fellowship programs to provide information on their age, gender, Indigenous identity, and/or status as a member of a visible minority group, and/or as a person with a disability.

Canada is at its best when we welcome all talented people to be part of the science and research community. The federal granting agencies are committed to strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to make Canada a world leader in research and development in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

In accordance with the direction set out by the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, one of our top priorities is to engage the research community in program changes and initiatives that remove barriers faced by under‑represented and disadvantaged groups.

All federal granting agencies are working closely to harmonize, coordinate and integrate data collection so that each agency is equipped to report back to Canadians on the progress of our programs in fostering EDI and how we design new measures to further that progress.

This is a collaborative effort that includes all members of the research community. We look forward to working with you to ensure that the future of Canadian research is equitable, diverse and inclusive.

More information is available on the Self-Identification Data Collection in Support of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion page. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We encourage you to share this message with all your faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as administrative staff involved in the grant application process.

Roderick R. McInnes, CM, OOnt, MD, PhD
Acting President / Président, p.i.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research / Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada   
Telephone | Téléphone | 613-954-1808

B. Mario Pinto, B.Sc., Ph.D., FRSC
President | Président
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada | Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada
Telephone | Téléphone | 613-995-5840 

Ted Hewitt, Ph.D
President | Président
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada | Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Telephone | Téléphone | 613.947.5265 


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