Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in CIHR Funding Programs

In May 2018, CIHR, along with the other federal funding agencies, launched a Tri-Agency self-identification Equity and Diversity Questionnaire for applicants to all funding competitions. The collection of this data marked an important first step in enabling CIHR to identify and understand potential inequities, underrepresentation or exclusions within our funding system.

Currently, the questionnaire collects data on age, gender, and whether applicants identify as Indigenous, a visible minority or a person with a disability. Below, we are pleased to share an overview of self-identification data for the 2018 and 2019 Spring and Fall Project Grant competitions. While these limited data points do not allow for analyses of trends over time, we are committed to closely monitoring new data moving forward and working with the community to find solutions to address identified inequities.

2018 and 2019 Spring and Fall Project Grant Competitions

Methods

The data in this section represent the self-identification questionnaire responses submitted by Nominated Principal Investigators from the Spring and Fall 2018 and 2019 Project Grant Competitions.Footnote 1

Career stage: Classification of early career researchers (ECRs) was self-reported and verified by CIHR’s Contact Centre.

Application rate: Calculated as the percentage of applicants who self-identified as part of a group. For example, if there were 10,000 applicants and 1,000 self-identified as “Woman,” the application rate would be 10%. Success rates were not calculated for groups with application rates of less than 1%.

Success rate: Calculated as the percentage of applicants from a group who were awarded a grant. For example, if 1,000 applicants self-identified as “Woman” and 100 were successful, the success rate for women would be calculated as 10%.

Proportion of successful applicants: Calculated as the percentage of successful grant holders who self-identified as part of a group. For example, if there were 1,000 successful grant holders and 500 self-identified as “Woman”, the proportion of successful applicants for women would be 50%. If the proportion of successful applicants for a group was calculated to be less than 1%, their data were not reported.

Important notes

The self-identification questionnaire launched in May 2018. The limited data points presented here do not allow for analyses of trends over time, and as such, no statistical comparisons were conducted. The data presented here will be compared to data collected in future years.

Self-identified Indigenous person: Group sizes for application rate and the proportion of successful applicants were <1%, so no data is presented here.

Self-identified Gender-fluid, non-binary and/or Two-Spirit: Group sizes for application rate and the proportion of successful applicants were <1%, so no data is presented here.


Self-identified visible minority

Figure 1: Application rates by self-identified visible minority

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Response Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Yes 19.7% 22% 20.8% 24.3%
No 67.8% 72.7% 73.8% 70.5%
I prefer not to answer 5.8% 5.3% 5.4% 5.3%

Figure 2: Proportion of successful applicants by self-identified visible minority

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Do you self−identify as a visible minority?
Response Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Yes 18.1% 15.1% 17.2% 17.1%
No 62.9% 79.7% 79.4% 78.4%
I prefer not to answer 5.8% 5.1% 3.4% 4.4%

Figure 3: Success rates by self‐identified visible minority

Grey dotted line represents the average success rate across these 4 competitions.

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Response Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Yes 12.9% 10.2% 13.2% 12.5%
No 13% 16.3% 16.8% 19.6%
I prefer not to answer 13.6% 15.2% 9.9% 14.8%

Self-identified gender

Figure 4: Application rates by self-identified gender

Note: less than 1% of applicants self-reported their gender identity as “Gender-fluid, non-binary and/or Two-Spirit”, and their data are not presented here.

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Response Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Woman 33.1% 34.3% 35.3% 36.1%
Man 56.2% 62.3% 61% 60.1%
I prefer not to answer 13.6% 15.2% 9.9% 14.8%

Figure 5: Proportion of successful applicants by self-identified gender

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Response Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Woman 34.9% 35.4% 37.5% 40.3%
Man 48.4% 61.4% 59.6% 56.4%
I prefer not to answer 3.6% 3% 2.6% 3.4%

Figure 6: Success rates by self‐identified gender

Grey dotted line represents the average success rates across these 4 competitions.

Figure 6 long description
Response Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Woman 14.8% 15.4% 16.8% 19.7%
Man 12% 14.7% 15.2% 16.5%
I prefer not to answer 13.1% 14.5% 11.9% 17.6%

Self-identified person with a disability

Figure 7: Application rates by self-identified person with a disability

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Response Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Yes 2.1% 2.3% 2.1% 1.6%
No 86.8% 93.3% 93.3% 93.7%
I prefer not to answer 4.5% 4.4% 4.6% 4.7%

Figure 8: Proportion of successful applicants by self-identified person with a disability

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Response Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Yes 1.4% 1.6% 3.7% 1.3%
No 81.9% 94.1% 93.4% 95.6%
I prefer not to answer 3.6% 4.3% 2.9% 3.1%

Figure 9: Success rates by self‐identified person with a disability

Grey dotted line represents the average success rates across these 4 competitions.

Figure 9 long description
Response Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Yes 9.1% 10.3% 27.5% 14.3%
No 13.2% 15% 15.7% 18%
I prefer not to answer 10.9% 15.6% 9.8% 11.7%

Intersection between self‐identification data and career stage

Figure 10: Application rates by career stage

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Career Stage Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
ECR 22.2% 22% 22.1% 21.8%
Non-ECR 77.8% 78% 77.9% 78.2%

Figure 11: Proportion of successful applicants by career stage

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Career Stage Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
ECR 22.5% 21.9% 22.4% 21.8%
Non-ECR 77.5% 78.1% 77.6% 78.2%

Figure 12: Success rates by career stage

Grey dotted line represents the average success rates across these 4 competitions. Note that success rates for ECR and non-ECR were overlapping.

Figure 12 long description
Career Stage Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
ECR 14% 15% 15.7% 17.7%
Non-ECR 14.1% 14.9% 15.6% 17.6%

Figure 13: Proportion of successful applicants by self‐identified visible minority and career stage

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Response Career stage Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Yes ECR 5.2% 4.9% 4% 5.2%
Yes non-ECR 12.9% 10.3% 13.2% 11.9%
No ECR 14.3% 16.8% 18.2% 16.6%
No non-ECR 48.6% 63% 61.2% 61.8%
I prefer not to answer ECR 1.1% <1% <1% <1%
I prefer not to answer non-ECR 4.7% 4.9% 3.2% 4.4%

Figure 14: Success rates by self‐identified visible minority and career stage

Grey dotted line represents the average success rates across these 4 competitions.

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Response Career stage Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Yes ECR 12.1% 10.7% 9.7% 12.6%
Yes non-ECR 13.2% 10.1% 14.7% 12.4%
No ECR 13.8% 17.5% 18.9% 21.4%
No non-ECR 12.8% 16.1% 16.2% 19.2%
I prefer not to answer ECR 21.1% low N low N low N
I prefer not to answer non-ECR 12.6% 16.5% 10.8% 17.3%

Figure 15: Proportion of successful applicants by self-identified gender and career stage

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Response Career stage Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Woman ECR 9.3% 10.8% 10.6% 11.4%
Woman non-ECR 25.5% 24.6% 26.9% 28.8%
Man ECR 10.4% 10.8% 11.9% 10.4%
Man non-ECR 37.9% 50.5% 47.8% 46%
I prefer not to answer ECR <1% <1% <1% <1%
I prefer not to answer non-ECR 2.7% 2.7% 2.6% 3.4%

Figure 16: Success rates by self-identified gender and career stage

Grey dotted line represents the average success rates across these 4 competitions.

Figure 16 long description
Response Career stage Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Woman ECR 14.2% 17.3% 17% 20%
Woman non-ECR 15% 14.6% 16.7% 19.5%
Man ECR 12.7% 13.7% 15.5% 16.7%
Man non-ECR 11.8% 15% 15.1% 16.5%
I prefer not to answer ECR 23.1% 8% low N low N
I prefer not to answer non-ECR 11.6% 15.6% 14.1% 21.7%
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