About CRIW Ignite! Special Funding for Literature Reviews

CRIW Ignite! Special Funding for Literature Reviews is a supplement to CRIW Ignite! Research Grant. It aims to support research that synthesizes knowledge related to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at work in line with CRIW’s mission: “To conduct and share research that advances diversity, equity and inclusion at work.” The Centre for Research on Inclusion at Work (CRIW) is making CAD $50,000 available in Fall 2021 to fund up to five (5) relevant literature reviews (maximum value per review $10,000).

The grant application intake is now closed. For details on the research projects funded, please see the grant award announcement.

Approaches to literature reviews in EDI

Reviews may be systematic, traditional, structured, or scoping, among many other types (Arksey and O’Malley, 2005). Literature review topics can be broad, such as Garg and Sangwan (2020), who conduct a review on ‘diversity and inclusion at work’, or narrow, such as that by Mara et al. (2021) whose systematic literature review focuses on LGBTQ2+ discrimination at work.

CRIW is open to a diversity of literature review approaches, addressing a range of equity, diversity and inclusion topics across a broad spectrum of types of work and workplaces.

Note that Carleton University has an institutional subscription to Covidence, a web-based software platform that streamlines the production of knowledge syntheses. This may be a helpful resource in conducting your literature review. For more information, please visit Carleton University’s Covidence information page.


Successful applications will:

  1. have a faculty member at the Sprott School of Business as Principal Investigator (PI)
  2. produce a written literature review for submission to a peer-reviewed journal within 18 months
  3. present preliminary results of the literature review at a CRIW research event

Submission guidelines

To apply for a CRIW Ignite! research grant, please submit a literature review proposal to criw@carleton.ca, containing the following:

  • 2-page project summary, including:
    • Literature review description, objectives, start date and duration, methodology, and knowledge mobilization plan, clearly indicating how the research synthesizes knowledge related to a specific EDI-related issue at work.
    • list of research team and partners (if any), discussing expertise and complementarity
    • role of graduate or undergraduate student(s) and outcomes of project participation for the students
    • short budget justification
    • deliverables and milestones
  • bibliographic references
  • a copy of all researchers’ CVs

Important date

Deadline for applications: October 8, 2021 (no later than 4 p.m.)


  • Grant recipients are expected to contribute to CRIW’s knowledge-sharing efforts by providing project information for placement on CRIW’s website and for use in other outreach initiatives.
  • CRIW’s support should be acknowledged in any publications and a copy of the publications should be provided for CRIW’s records when available.

Budget information

The following costs are ineligible for CRIW grants:

  • research conducted under contract with a public institution, private agency or firm
  • funds for travel, except expenses for data collection related to the project
  • equipment purchases
  •  contributions to university overhead
  • hospitality, entertainment and/or honoraria (unless clearly specified as part of a knowledge mobilization or data collection initiative)
  • costs associated with the development of courses
  • costs incurred before the grant is awarded


For more information, please contact CRIW at criw@carleton.ca or CRIW Co-Director, Merridee Bujaki merridee.bujaki@carleton.ca.

Recipients of CRIW Ignite! Special Funding for Literature Reviews

  • Indigenous and Anti-Colonial Approaches to Impact Measurement – Katherine Ruff and Cara McGonegal
  • Just Transitions, EDI, Work and the Workplace – Rick Colbourne, Gloria Sanchez and Karishma Bristy
  • Gendered Organizational Culture in Innovation – An Integrative Review – Lorraine Dyke and Tasnuva Chaudhury
  • Do Social Enterprises Achieve Higher Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Goals? A Scoping Review of the Empirical Evidence – Leighann Neilson, Wendy Carroll, Rosemary McGowan and Sabina Chowdhury
  • Workplace Mistreatment Among Those Living with Disabilities: A Scoping Review – Angela Dionisi and Kathryne Dupré
  • A Critical Literature Review of Academic Research on EDI in the Accounting Profession – Merridee Bujaki and Anne Neal

For details on the research projects funded, please see the grant award announcement.


Arksey, H. and O’Malley, L. (2005). Scoping studies: Towards a methodological framework. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol. 8(1), 19-32.
Garg, S. and Sangwan, S. (2020). Literature review on diversity and inclusion at workplace, 2010-2017. Vision, Vol 25(1), 12-22.
Mara, L-C., Ginieis, M., and Brunet-Icart, I. (2021) Strategies for coping with LGBT discrimination at work: A systematic literature review. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Vol 18, 339-354.