NSERC is launching their NSERC guide on integrating equity, diversity and inclusion considerations in research to assist the research community to achieve a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research enterprise.
This new guide is designed to assist natural sciences and engineering (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.
This new guide consists of two main sections:
- 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.
- EDI considerations for research teams, including: building teams, recruitment and retention, and the roles of team members throughout the course of the research project.
In addition to these two sections, this new guide also includes a list of relevant resources, which provide some additional information on the benefits of EDI.
Since 2019, Alliance applicants must include EDI considerations in their training plan. A dedicated Alliance EDI resource was recently updated with further expansions with examples of what concrete EDI best practices look like on this mandatory evaluation criteria.
As part of its commitment to research excellence, NSERC recognizes that EDIs are an essential part 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.