Highlights from CIHR on Measuring EDI Progress

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

CIHR shared results on the self-identification questionnaire responses submitted by Nominated Principal Investigators from the Spring and Fall 2018 and 2019 Project Grant Competitions. These are some highlights of this measuring process.

  • There was a small (1 to 2%) improvement in the percentage of researchers of visible minorities who applied to the Fall 2019 competition compared to the Spring competition
  • The proportion of researchers who identified themselves as women continually increased 1% per competition between Fall 2018 and Fall 2019. The increase in success rate among women was higher than the increase of their participation.
  • There is still an important gap to fill among researchers who self-identify as living with a disability. The statistic shows the need for more consistent efforts for a sustainable participation of people with disabilities in research.
  • Among early career researchers, women have continually increased their successful rate in the last competitions (14.2% in Spring 2018, 20% in Fall 2019. See Figure 16). ECR who are also members of visible minorities have experienced a decrease in their successful from Spring 2018 to spring 2019.

Data related to researchers who self-identified as Indigenous persons, Gender-fluid, non-binary and/or Two-Spirit were not presented in this report because the sizes for application rate and the proportion of successful applicants were less than 1%.

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