Annex I: Self-Identification Data Collection in Support of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The following tables present an initial snapshot of self-identification data collected from applicants to CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC funding opportunities from May to December 2018 and from CFI Awards Management users beginning in March 2017. Consequently, these preliminary figures do not include the full suite of funding opportunities offered by the agencies and may include some applications that were subsequently declared ineligible.

These preliminary figures demonstrate the agencies’ implementation of a harmonized self-identification data collection process, which will enable them to monitor the equity performance of programs and to design measures that foster greater equity, diversity and inclusion in the research enterprise. The figures also demonstrate that applicants understand and are willing to provide self-identification information, resulting in a relatively low percentage of applicants who select “prefer not to answer.”

From May to December 2018, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC collected self-identification information from applicants and co-applicants to all funding opportunities. In March 2017, the CFI added self-identification questions to its CFI Awards Management system.

Table 1A: Total self-identification forms completed

Agency/Program # Forms completed
CIHR 7,364
NSERC 10,467
SSHRC 6,622
Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s 7,944
Canada Research Chairs Program 191
CFI 6,738
Total 39,326

Table 1B. Self-identification data collection response rate per category (all responses combined)

Category Response provided Responded prefer not to answer
Gender 95.8% 4.1%
Indigenous 93.2% 6.3%
Disability 93.7% 6.3%
Visible minority 93.9% 6.2%
Total 93.8% 5.7%

Note: Does not include tri-agency programs. Figures may not add up to 100 per cent due to rounding.

Table 2A. Gender

Agency Number of responses Woman Man Gender-fluid, non-binary, and/or two-spirit Prefer not to answer
CIHR 7,364 47.3% 49.4% 0.5% 2.7%
NSERC 10,467 25.5% 68.2% 0.4% 5.9%
SSHRC 6,622 50.8% 43.5% 0.9% 5.1%
CFI 6,738 33.1% 61.6% 0.2% 4.8%
Total 31,191 39.2% 55.7% 0.5% 4.6%

Note: Does not include tri-agency programs (e.g., Canada Graduate Scholarship—Masters and Canada Research Chairs Program). Figures may not add up to 100 per cent due to rounding.

Table 2B. Indigenous identity

Agency Number of responses Yes No Prefer not to answer
CIHR 7,364 1.3% 95.5% 3.2%
NSERC 10,467 1.0% 92.2% 6.9%
SSHRC 6,622 2.5% 92.3% 5.2%
CFI 6,173 0.8% 91.2% 8.0%
Total 30,626 1.4% 92.8% 5.8%

Note: CFI asks this question only when applicant’s institutional affiliation is in Canada.

Table 2C. People with a disability

Agency Number of responses Yes No Prefer not to answer
CIHR 7,364 2.6% 93.2% 4.3%
NSERC 10,467 1.7% 90.7% 7.6%
SSHRC 6,622 4.1% 88.4% 7.5%
CFI 6,738 0.9% 91.1% 8.0%
Total 31,191 2.3% 90.9% 6.8%

Table 2D. Visible minority

Agency Number of responses Yes No Prefer not to answer
CIHR 7,364 23.8% 71.4% 4.8%
NSERC 10,467 24.9% 65.7% 9.5%
SSHRC 6,622 15.5% 78.0% 6.5%
CFI 6,173 15.0% 75.5% 9.4%
Total 30,626 19.8% 72.6% 7.6%

Note: CFI asks this question only when applicant’s institutional affiliation is in Canada.

Table 3. Representation of four designated groups among applications to major funding opportunities

Program Number Women Visible minorities People with disabilities Indigenous
1. Research          
Canada Research Chairs 191 50.0% 22.5% 7.3%
SSHRC Insight Grants 1,379 47.4% 17.6% 4.4% 1.3%
SSHRC Partnership Grants 282 49.6% 16.3% 4.6%
NSERC Discovery Grants 3,417 22.2% 23.8% 1.7% 0.6%
NSERC Partnership Grants 606 14.5% 27.4%
CIHR Foundation Grants 216 27.9% 18.0%
CIHR Project Grants 2,484 35.8% 21.4% 2.1% 1.0%
John R. Evans Leaders Fund 642 32.8% 20.1%
Total 9,217 35.0% 20.9% 2.5% 0.4%
2. Training          
Canada Research Chairs 7,944 59.9% 21.3% 4.5% 2.5%
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 517 58.6% 29.0% 5.8% 3.5%
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships 602 47.2% 23.9% 4.2%
SSHRC Doctoral Awards 546 55.5% 21.4% 9.2% 3.3%
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships 833 53.3% 20.5% 5.2%
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships 506 35.4% 36.0%
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (Doctoral) 1,630 38.2% 24.0% 2.6% 1.8%
CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships 1,043 53.3% 28.7% 1.3%
CIHR Doctoral Research Awards 1,172 65.9% 28.3% 3.2% 1.6%
Total 14,793 51.9% 25.9% 4.0% 1.4%

Note: Percentage value not available where the number of applicants is fewer than 10.

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