NSERC’s equity, diversity, and inclusion resource

If you’re applying for an NSERC Scholarship, you will be asked whether EDI considerations are applicable to your research proposal.

If you answer “Yes,” you should ensure that you include the relevant EDI considerations in your proposal and use the text box to explain your answer.

If you answer “No,” you will be provided with a text box to explain why EDI considerations have not been taken into account.

NSERC is taking action to help the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) research communities contribute to a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research enterprise, with the launch of the NSERC guide on integrating equity, diversity and inclusion considerations in research.

The guide is designed to assist NSE researchers with applying a critical equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) lens in their work by providing guiding questions and examples relevant to their field of research.

It includes two main sections:

  1. Guidance on embedding EDI considerations at each stage of the research process including: research questions, design of the study, methodology and data collection, analysis and interpretation and dissemination of results.
  2. EDI considerations for research teams, including: building teams, recruitment and retention, and the roles of team members throughout the course of the research project.

As part of its commitment to research excellence, NSERC recognizes that EDI are essential in creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research to advance knowledge and respond to local, national and global challenges. In order to achieve world-class research, all members of the research community must address systemic barriers that limit the full participation of all talented individuals.

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