CIHR is joining forces with SSHRC to support the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) under the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative. Together, the agencies will support social sciences and humanities projects on the themes of race, gender and diversity with a focus on health. This is in addition to SSHRC support for social sciences and humanities projects on the themes of race, gender and diversity that do not necessarily have a focus on health.
|Up to $450,000 per grant
|November 15, 2021 (8 p.m. ET)
|Notice of Decision
|How to Apply
|Application Portal and Instructions
As stated in the Government of Canada’s Federal Budget 2021, “systemic racism and discrimination are a painful reality for too many people, especially for marginalized groups, including Indigenous, Black, and racialized people, those living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2 communities.” Leadership by people from underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in research projects about race, gender and diversity is critical to ground the research in the lived experiences and histories of communities and to inform more rigorous and relevant policy and program design.
The main goal of the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative is to fund community-based and community-led research partnerships with postsecondary institutions that are grounded in the lived experience of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups and that analyze the causes and persistence of systemic racism and discrimination. It is expected that the three-year partnership grants offered under this initiative will serve as hubs for challenge-oriented, community-led and community-based intersectional research and knowledge mobilization activities that incubate new research partnerships.
CIHR is committed to fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive health research ecosystem that values the perspectives and contributions of all and promotes research excellence. As such, 11 CIHR Institutes will join SSHRC to co-fund up to 16 social sciences and humanities projects on the themes of race, gender and diversity with a focus on various health research areas, as described below, representing a total of $3.6 million over three years.
CIHR Institutes Research Priority Areas
|Research Priority Areas
|Institute of Aging (IA)
|Racialized older adults and access to care
|Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)
|Addressing racism in the cancer journey, from screening to survivorship
|Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH)
|Addressing race, gender and diversity as it relates to the ICRH Mandate
|Institute of Gender and Health (IGH)
|Addressing race, gender and diversity as it relates to the IGH Mandate
|Institute of Genetics (IG)
|Barriers and solutions to increase diversity in genomic research and genomic medicine
|Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR)
|Designing, implementing and evaluating anti-racist, anti-discriminatory, diverse and inclusive health care delivery systems that advance the Quadruple Aim (defined in the Glossary section of IHSPR's strategic plan) and health equity for all
|Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH)
|Addressing race, gender and diversity as it relates to the IHDCYH Mandate and the interlinked priorities of Inspiring Healthy Futures – A Vision for Canada’s Children, Youth and Families.
|Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH)
|Addressing race, gender and diversity as it relates to the IIPH Mandate
|Institute of Infection and Immunity (III)
|Addressing race, gender and diversity as it relates to the III Mandate
|Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD)
|Addressing race, gender and diversity as it relates to the INMD Mandate
|Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH)
|Designing and implementing anti-racist and anti-discriminatory public health systems
How to apply
Interested applicants must submit their application to SSHRC’s Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative by the deadline of November 15, 2021 (8 p.m. ET). After receiving the applications, SSHRC will contact applicants whose project relates to health issues to confirm whether or not they wish to be considered for CIHR’s funding and to obtain permission to send a copy of their application to CIHR for relevance review. SSHRC and CIHR commit to fund meritorious projects based on a rank established by the merit review committee.
For all inquiries about the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative, please contact:
For all inquiries about CIHR Institutes Research Priority Areas, please contact:
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Subject: Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative
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