Annex I: Self-identification data collection in support of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

This annex represents two separate and distinct data sets drawn from the self-identification questionnaire for tri-agency and agency-specific (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC and CFI) major funding opportunities from the 2019 competition year.Footnote 1 The tables and figures from each data set present a snapshot of self-identification information regarding the following groups: women, Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. Completing the self-identification questionnaire is mandatory; however, all questions provide an option to select “I prefer not to answer.”

The first data set presents a summary of the application and award rates Footnote 2 Footnote 3 of tri-agency and agency-specific major funding opportunities (Tables 1a and 1b; Figures 1a-1d).Footnote 4 The data distinguish between applications and award rates for research and training programs and provide an overview of the nominations and filled allocations for the Canada Research Chairs Program. The second data set summarizes the number of research team membersFootnote 5 participating in agency program applications, per agency, who have completed the self-identification questionnaire (Tables 2a-2e).

Application and award rates for tri-agency and agency-specific major funding opportunities

Application and award rates for major funding opportunities for competition year 2019 are outlined below as they relate to the four groups identified in the self-identification questionnaire. The data are collected from the questionnaires completed by the individual who has the primary responsibility for the application.

The collection of this data is still very new, and caution should be exercised in interpreting the data, particularly for competitions with low numbers of applications. As more data are collected in coming years, trends can be tracked and analyzed for a clearer picture of underrepresented groups’ participation in the Canadian research enterprise and in accessing available funds.

Table 1a: Summary of application and award rates for tri-agency and agency-specific major funding opportunities

Women

Indigenous

Persons with
disabilities

Visible minorities

Research Program

App. rate

Award rate

App. rate

Award rate

App. rate

Award rate

App. rate

Award rate

CIHR Project Grants

34.7%

36.3%

0.6%

2.0%

2.4%

21.3%

16.3%

NSERC Discovery Grants

22.2%

21.5%

0.6%

0.3%

1.6%

1.5%

23.5%

22.0%

NSERC Partnership Grants

16.3%

15.2%

0.5%

1.4%

1.1%

33.2%

33.5%

SSHRC Insight Grants

50.5%

53.1%

1.8%

2.1%

4.1%

3.9%

19.5%

18.0%

SSHRC Partnership Grants

53.3%

59.6%

3.0%

3.2%

3.6%

4.5%

14.6%

15.4%

CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund

38.6%

39.6%

1.8%

1.9%

0.9%

0.9%

20.4%

19.8%

New Frontiers in Research Fund Footnote *

35.9%

38.7%

0.9%

2.7%

2.9%

30.3%

28.3%

Training Program

App. rate

Award rate

App. rate

Award rate

App. rate

Award rate

App. rate

Award rate

Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master's Footnote *

59.8%

63.4%

2.5%

3.0%

4.5%

4.0%

21.3%

18.7%

CIHR Doctoral Research Awards

62.7%

62.4%

2.4%

2.8%

20.3%

22.1%

CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships

53.3%

50.0%

0.7%

1.3%

28.6%

25.0%

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (Doctoral)

38.1%

37.7%

2.0%

1.2%

2.6%

2.3%

25.0%

23.1%

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships

35.3%

31.3%

1.2%

37.5%

33.0%

SSHRC Doctoral Awards

62.6%

61.5%

5.8%

5.4%

6.4%

4.1%

18.9%

18.9%

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

53.4%

53.8%

0.7%

5.2%

4.9%

20.4%

16.8%

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Footnote *

58.7%

55.1%

3.5%

4.2%

5.6%

6.6%

29.1%

26.9%

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Footnote *

47.2%

35.7%

4.2%

8.6%

23.9%

27.1%


Table 1b: Nominations and filled allocations for the Canada Research Chairs Program

Women

Indigenous

Persons with disabilities

Visible minorities

Program

Nominations

Filled
alloc.Footnote *

Nominations

Filled
alloc.Footnote *

Nominations

Filled
alloc.Footnote *

Nominations

Filled
alloc.Footnote *

Canada Research Chairs Program

51.5%

38.1%

5.3%

3.2%

7.7%

5.4%

26.8%

20.9%

Note: Figures 1a-1d below are visual representations of the data provided in Table 1a, above.

Figure 1a: Application and award rates for WOMEN by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunities

Description of Figure 1a

This horizontal bar graph shows the application and award rates in percentages for women by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunities for the 2019 competition year. The y-axis lists the funding opportunities and the x-axis shows the percentages, from 0% to 70%.

The New Frontiers in Research Fund, Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are marked with an asterisk to indicate they are tri-agency funding opportunities. All other funding opportunities listed are agency specific.

The horizontal bar graph shows the application and award rates for women by funding opportunities as follows:

  • For CIHR Project Grants, the application rate was 34.7% and the award rate was 36.3%.
  • For NSERC Discovery Grants, the application rate was 22.2% and the award rate was 21.5%.
  • For NSERC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 16.3% and the award rate was 15.2%.
  • For SSHRC Insight Grants, the application rate was 50.5% and the award rate was 53.1%.
  • For SSHRC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 53.3% and the award rate was 59.6%.
  • For the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund, the application rate was 38.6% and the award rate was 39.6%.
  • For the New Frontiers in Research Fund, the application rate was 35.9% and the award rate was 38.7%.
  • For the Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s program, the application rate was 59.8% and the award rate was 63.4%.
  • For CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, the application rate was 62.7% and the award rate was 62.4%.
  • For CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 53.3% and the award rate was 50.0%.
  • For NSERC Postgraduate Doctoral Scholarships, the application rate was 38.1% and the award rate was 37.7%.
  • For NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 35.3% and the award rate was 31.3%.
  • For SSHRCDoctoral Awards, the application rate was 62.6% and the award rate was 61.5%.
  • For SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 53.4% and the award rate was 53.8%.
  • For Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the application rate was 58.7% and the award rate was 55.1%.
  • For Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 47.2% and the award rate was 35.7%.

Figure 1b: Application and award rates for INDIGENOUS by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunities

Description of Figure 1b

This horizontal bar graph shows the application and award rates in percentages for Indigenous Peoples by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunities for the 2019 competition year. The y-axis lists the funding opportunities and the x-axis shows the percentages, from 0% to 7%.

The New Frontiers in Research Fund, Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are marked with an asterisk to indicate they are tri-agency funding opportunities. All other funding opportunities listed are agency specific.

The horizontal bar graph shows the application and award rates for Indigenous Peoples by funding opportunities as follows:

  • For CIHR Project Grants, the application rate was 0.6% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For NSERC Discovery Grants, the application rate was 0.6% and the award rate was 0.3%.
  • For NSERC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 0.5% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For SSHRC Insight Grants, the application rate was 1.8% and the award rate was 2.1%.
  • For SSHRC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 3.0% and the award rate was 3.2%.
  • For CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund, the application rate was 1.8% and the award rate was 1.9%.
  • For New Frontiers in Research Fund, the application rate was 0.9% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, the application rate was 2.5% and the award rate was 3.0%.
  • For CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, the application rate was 0% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 0.7% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (Doctoral), the application rate was 2.0% and the award rate was 1.2%.
  • For NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 0% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For SSHRC Doctoral Awards, the application rate was 5.8% and the award rate was 5.4%.
  • For SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 0.7% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the application rate was 3.5% and the award rate was 4.2%.
  • For Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 0% and the award rate was 0%.

Figure 1c: Application and award rates for PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunities

Description of Figure 1c

This horizontal bar graph shows the application and award rates in percentages for persons with disabilities by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunities for the 2019 competition year. The y-axis lists the funding opportunities and the x-axis shows the percentages, from 0% to 10%.

The New Frontiers in Research Fund, Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are marked with an asterisk to indicate they are tri-agency funding opportunities. All other funding opportunities listed are agency specific.

The horizontal bar graph shows the application and award rates for persons with disabilities by funding opportunities as follows:

  • For CIHR Project Grants, the application rate was 2.0% and the award rate was 2.4%.
  • For NSERC Discovery Grants, the application rate was 1.6% and the award rate was 1.5%.
  • For NSERC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 1.4% and the award rate was 1.1%.
  • For SSHRC Insight Grants, the application rate was 4.1% and the award rate was 3.9%.
  • For SSHRC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 3.6% and the award rate was 4.5%.
  • For CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund, the application rate was 0.9% and the award rate was 0.9%.
  • For New Frontiers in Research Fund, the application rate was 2.7% and the award rate was 2.9%.
  • For Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, the application rate was 4.5% and the award rate was 4.0%.
  • For CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, the application rate was 2.4% and the award rate was 2.8%.
  • For CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 1.3% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (Doctoral), the application rate was 2.6% and the award rate was 2.3%.
  • For NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 1.2% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For SSHRC Doctoral Awards, the application rate was 6.4% and the award rate was 4.1%.
  • For SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 5.2% and the award rate was 4.9%.
  • For Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the application rate was 5.6% and the award rate was 6.6%.
  • For Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 4.2% and the award rate was 8.6%.

Figure 1d: Application and award rates for VISIBLE MINORITIES by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunities

Description of Figure 1d

This horizontal bar graph shows the application and award rates in percentages for visible minorities by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunities for the 2019 competition year. The y-axis lists the funding opportunities and the x-axis shows the percentages, from 0% to 40%.

The New Frontiers in Research Fund, Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are marked with an asterisk to indicate they are tri-agency funding opportunities. All other funding opportunities listed are agency specific.

The horizontal bar graph shows the application and award rates for visible minorities by funding opportunities as follows:

  • For CIHR Project Grants, the application rate was 21.3% and the award rate was 16.3%.
  • For NSERC Discovery Grants, the application rate was 23.5% and the award rate was 22.0%.
  • For NSERC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 33.2% and the award rate was 33.5%.
  • For SSHRC Insight Grants, the application rate was 19.5% and the award rate was 18.0%.
  • For SSHRC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 14.6% and the award rate was 15.4%.
  • For CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund, the application rate was 20.4% and the award rate was 19.8%.
  • For New Frontiers in Research Fund, the application rate was 30.3% and the award rate was 28.3%.
  • For Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, the application rate was 21.3% and the award rate was 18.7%.
  • For CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, the application rate was 20.3% and the award rate was 22.1%.
  • For CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 28.6% and the award rate was 25.0%.
  • For NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (Doctoral), the application rate was 25.0% and the award rate was 23.1%.
  • For NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 37.5% and the award rate was 33.0%.
  • For SSHRC Doctoral Awards, the application rate was 18.9% and the award rate was 18.9%.
  • For SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 20.4% and the award rate was 16.8%.
  • For Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the application rate was 29.1% and the award rate was 26.9%.
  • For Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 23.9% and the award rate was 27.1%.
Notes:
  • A dash (‒) indicates categories where five or fewer responses were received.
  • The CRCP requires that all nominees submit a self-identification form as part of a complete nomination package; as such the data presented in this table correspond to the nomination rate and filled allocations. This data must not be used to calculate award rates or success rates. For additional program statistics, consult the program website.
  • The CRC nominations represent the number of nominations in all cycles of the reporting year (e.g. 2019-1 and 2019-2) in which nominees self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group, divided by the total number of nominees in all cycles of the reporting year, multiplied by 100 (to calculate a percentage).
  • The filled CRC allocations (total representation in program) represent the number of active chairs who self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group, divided by the total number of active chairs, multiplied by 100 (to calculate a percentage). Due to the nature of the program, these data are only available as point in time.

Summary of self-identification data collected per agency

The following tables provide a snapshot of the number of self-identification forms submitted to CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC and CFI for their major funding opportunities in competition year 2019. All funding opportunities and all research team members’ roles (as defined in note 5) are included; members are only counted once per agency.

Similarly to 2018 competition data, the percentage of individuals who “prefer not to answer” is low; these results appear to indicate that members of CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC and CFI’s research communities understand the need for self-identification information and are generally comfortable completing the questionnaire.

Table 2a: Total number of research team members (as identified in note 5)
Agency # of unique research team members per agency

CIHR

19, 655

NSERC

11, 346

SSHRC

20, 068

CFI

1,097

Overall 52, 166
Table 2b: Gender
Agency

Gender

Woman

Man

Gender-fluid, non-binary, and/or two-spirit

Prefer not to answer

CIHR

47.6%

49.2%

0.5%

2.6%

NSERC

30.8%

63.9%

0.4%

4.8%

SSHRC

56.3%

39.0%

1.2%

3.5%

CFI

33.3%

62.4%

0.5%

3.8%

Overall

47.0%

48.8%

0.7%

3.5%

Table 2c: Indigenous identity
Agency Indigenous identity
Yes No Prefer not to answer

CIHR

3.0%

93.6%

3.4%

NSERC

1.3%

93.1%

5.6%

SSHRC

3.5%

92.6%

4.0%

CFI

1.6%

91.7%

6.7%

Overall

2.8%

93.0%

4.2%

Table 2d: Persons with disabilities
Agency

Persons with disabilities

Yes

No

Prefer not to answer

CIHR

2.9%

93.0%

4.1%

NSERC

1.8%

91.5%

6.7%

SSHRC

4.2%

89.8%

6.0%

CFI

0.9%

91.7%

7.4%

Overall

3.1%

91.4%

5.5%

Table 2e: Visible minority
Agency

Visible minority

Yes

No

Prefer not to answer

CIHR

20.6%

74.4%

5.0%

NSERC

26.2%

65.5%

8.3%

SSHRC

18.2%

76.4%

5.4%

CFI

18.3%

73.4%

8.3%

Overall

20.8%

73.2%

6.0%

Notes:
  1. Self-identification data from tri-agency funding opportunities were not included.
  2. CFI asks questions regarding Indigenous identity and visible minority only when research team members are affiliated with institutions located in Canada.
  3. CFI’s question regarding disability uses a narrower definition of disability than the tri-agency question. The definition used by CFI is limited to impairment and accommodation in the workplace.
  4. The “Overall” statistics are calculated by using the total number of individuals who completed the questionnaire from all agencies as the denominator and all relevant individuals who completed the questionnaire from all agencies as the numerator.

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