Annex I: Self-identification data collection in support of equity, diversity and inclusion

This annex represents a data set drawn from the self-identification questionnaire for tri-agency and agency-specific (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC and CFI) major funding opportunities from the 2020 competition year.Footnote 1 The tables and figures from the data set present a snapshot of self-identification information regarding the following groups: women, Indigenous Peoples, members of 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 data set presents a summary of the application and award ratesFootnote 2Footnote 3 of tri-agency and agency-specific major funding opportunities (tables 1a to 1c; figures 1a to 1d).Footnote 4 The data distinguish between applications and award rates for research and training programs, and provide an overview of the nominations and active chair awards for the Canada Research Chairs Program, as well as an overview of the team leaders for the CFI Innovation Fund.

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

Application and award rates for major funding opportunities for competition year 2020 are outlined below as they relate to the four groups distinguished in the self-identification questionnaire. The data are collected from the questionnaires completed by the individuals who have primary responsibility for the application.

The collection of this data is still relatively new and caution should be exercised in interpreting it, 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 each group’s 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 Peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Research program App. rate Award rate App. rate Award rate App. rate Award rate App. rate Award rate
CIHR Project Grants 36.0% 39.2% 0.7% - 1.6% 1.7% 24.4% 20.6%
NSERC Discovery Grants 23.8% 23.9% 0.6% 0.6% 1.8% 1.4% 25.0% 23.0%
NSERC Partnership Grants 18.8% 17.6% 0.8% - 1.6% 1.2% 37.4% 36.7%
SSHRC Insight Grants 48.8% 50.0% 1.8% 2.4% 3.4% 3.5% 21.2% 19.8%
SSHRC Partnership Grants 57.5% 59.6% 3.3% 3.5% 4.7% 5.3% 19.6% 19.6%
CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund 40.8% 42.0% 2.8% 3.4% 2.6% 2.8% 26.0% 23.8%
NFRFFootnote * 33.1% 35.9% - - 3.6% - 37.4% 32.5%
Training program App. rate Award rate App. rate Award rate App. rate Award rate App. rate Award rate
Canada Graduate Scholarships―Master’sFootnote * 59.8% 62.2% 2.1% 2.3% 4.8% 4.4% 22.4% 20.1%
CIHR Doctoral Research Awards 65.8% 63.2% 2.4% - 4.7% 5.3% 28.5% 22.6%
CIHR postdoctoral fellowships 53.1% 51.7% - - 1.3% - 31.8% 21.9%
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships—Doctoral 39.2% 41.6% 2.0% 1.8% 3.7% 3.4% 27.8% 26.2%
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships 37.2% 42.4% - - 2.7% - 38.5% 41.6%
SSHRC doctoral awards 65.1% 65.2% 5.1% 4.5% 7.2% 8.4% 21.7% 22.1%
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships 54.6% 56.4% - - 4.7% - 20.8% 17.3%
Vanier Canada Graduate ScholarshipsFootnote * 55.6% 59.5% 1.9% - 6.2% 6.0% 32.5% 37.5%
Banting Postdoctoral FellowshipsFootnote * 48.2% 40.0% - - 2.4% - 31.7% 30.0%
  • To respect legal obligations under the Privacy Act, a dash (-) indicates categories where fewer than 10 responses were received.
  • The groups are not exclusive; thus, percentages cannot be summed or compared directly.
Table 1b: Nominations and filled chair awards for the Canada Research Chairs Program
Women Indigenous Peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Program 2020 Nominations 2020
RepresentationFootnote *
2020 Nominations 2020
RepresentationFootnote *
2020 Nominations 2020
RepresentationFootnote *
2020 Nominations 2020
RepresentationFootnote *
Canada Research Chairs Program 51.0% 38.6% 4.0% 3.2% 7.0% 5.5% 27.0% 21.4%
  • The Canada Research Chairs Program requires that all nominees submit a self-identification form as part of their complete nomination package. As such, the data presented in this table correspond to the nomination rates (% of nominations submitted for individuals from the four designated groups) and total representation in the program (i.e., active awards in that year). These data must not be used to calculate award rates or success rates. For additional program statistics, consult the program website.
  • Canada Research Chairs Program nominations represent the numbers of nominations in all cycles for the reporting year (e.g., 2020-1 and 2020-2) in which nominees self-identified as members of one or more of the four designated groups, divided by the total number of nominees in all cycles for the reporting year, multiplied by 100 (to calculate a percentage).
  • Representation in the program refers to the number of active chair holders who self-identify as members of one or more of the four designated groups, 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.
Table 1c: Team leadersFootnote * for the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Innovation Fund
Women Indigenous Peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Program Applications % Awards % Applications % Awards % Applications % Awards % Applications % Awards %
Innovation Fund 26.5% 23.6% - - - - 15.2% 12.4%

The CFI asks questions regarding Indigenous and visible minority identity only when research team members are affiliated with institutions located in Canada. The CFI’s question regarding disabilities uses a narrower definition than does the tri-agency question. The definition used by the CFI is limited to impairments and accommodations in the workplace.

Figures 1a to 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

*Tri-agency funding opportunities

Description of Figure 1a

This horizontal bar graph shows, in percentage, the application and award rates for women, by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunity, for the 2020 competition year. The y-axis lists the funding opportunities. 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 each 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 opportunity, as follows:

  • For CIHR Project Grants, the application rate was 36.0% and the award rate was 39.2%.
  • For NSERC Discovery Grants, the application rate was 23.8% and the award rate was 23.9%.
  • For NSERC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 18.8% and the award rate was 17.6%.
  • For SSHRC Insight Grants, the application rate was 48.8% and the award rate was 50.0%.
  • For SSHRC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 57.5% and the award rate was 59.6%.
  • For the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund, the application rate was 40.8% and the award rate was 42.0%.
  • For the New Frontiers in Research Fund, the application rate was 33.1% and the award rate was 35.9%.
  • For the Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s program, the application rate was 59.8% and the award rate was 62.2%.
  • For CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, the application rate was 65.8% and the award rate was 63.2%.
  • For CIHR postdoctoral fellowships, the application rate was 53.1% and the award rate was 51.7%.
  • For the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships—Doctoral program, the application rate was 39.2% and the award rate was 41.6%.
  • For NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 37.2% and the award rate was 42.4%.
  • For SSHRC doctoral awards, the application rate was 65.1% and the award rate was 65.2%.
  • For SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 54.6% and the award rate was 56.4%.
  • For Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the application rate was 55.6% and the award rate was 59.5%.
  • For Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 48.2% and the award rate was 40.0%.

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

*Tri-agency funding opportunities
-- Values suppressed because n < 10

Description of Figure 1b

This horizontal bar graph shows, in percentage, the application and award rates for Indigenous Peoples, by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunity, for the 2020 competition year. The y-axis lists the funding opportunities. The x-axis shows the percentages, from 0 to 6%.

The New Frontiers in Research Fund, Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are each 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 opportunity, as follows:

  • For CIHR Project Grants, the application rate was 0.7% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For NSERC Discovery Grants, the application rate was 0.6% and the award rate was 0.6%.
  • For NSERC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 0.8% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For SSHRC Insight Grants, the application rate was 1.8% and the award rate was 2.4%.
  • For SSHRC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 3.3% and the award rate was 3.5%.
  • For the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund, the application rate was 2.8% and the award rate was 3.4%.
  • For the New Frontiers in Research Fund, the application rate was 0% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, the application rate was 2.1% and the award rate was 2.3%.
  • For CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, the application rate was 2.4% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For CIHR postdoctoral fellowships, the application rate was 0% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships—Doctoral program, the application rate was 2.0% and the award rate was 1.8%.
  • For NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 0% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For SSHRC doctoral awards, the application rate was 5.1% and the award rate was 4.5%.
  • For SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 0% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the application rate was 1.9% and the award rate was 0%.
  • 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

*Tri-agency funding opportunities
-- Values suppressed because n < 10

Description of Figure 1c

This horizontal bar graph shows, in percentage, the application and award rates for persons with disabilities, by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunity, for the 2020 competition year. The y-axis lists the funding opportunities. The x-axis shows the percentages, from 0 to 9%.

The New Frontiers in Research Fund, Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are each 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 opportunity, as follows:

  • For CIHR Project Grants, the application rate was 1.6% and the award rate was 1.7%.
  • For NSERC Discovery Grants, the application rate was 1.8% and the award rate was 1.4%.
  • For NSERC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 1.6% and the award rate was 1.2%.
  • For SSHRC Insight Grants, the application rate was 3.4% and the award rate was 3.5%.
  • For SSHRC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 4.7% and the award rate was 5.3%.
  • For the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund, the application rate was 2.6% and the award rate was 2.8%.
  • For the New Frontiers in Research Fund, the application rate was 3.6% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, the application rate was 4.8% and the award rate was 4.4%.
  • For CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, the application rate was 4.7% and the award rate was 5.3%.
  • For CIHR postdoctoral fellowships, the application rate was 1.3% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships—Doctoral program, the application rate was 3.7% and the award rate was 3.4%.
  • For NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 2.7% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For SSHRC doctoral awards, the application rate was 7.2% and the award rate was 8.4%.
  • For SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 4.7% and the award rate was 0%.
  • For Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the application rate was 6.2% and the award rate was 6.0%.
  • For Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 2.4% and the award rate was 0%.

Figure 1d: Application and award rates for members of visible minorities by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunities

*Tri-agency funding opportunities

Description of Figure 1d

This horizontal bar graph shows, in percentage, the application and award rates for members of visible minorities, by tri-agency and agency-specific funding opportunity, for the 2020 competition year. The y-axis lists the funding opportunities. The x-axis shows the percentages, from 0 to 45%.

The New Frontiers in Research Fund, Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are each 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 members of visible minorities, by funding opportunity, as follows:

  • For CIHR Project Grants, the application rate was 24.4% and the award rate was 20.6%.
  • For NSERC Discovery Grants, the application rate was 25.0% and the award rate was 23.0%.
  • For NSERC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 37.4% and the award rate was 36.7%.
  • For SSHRC Insight Grants, the application rate was 21.2% and the award rate was 19.8%.
  • For SSHRC Partnership Grants, the application rate was 19.6% and the award rate was 19.6%.
  • For the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund, the application rate was 26.0% and the award rate was 23.8%.
  • For the New Frontiers in Research Fund, the application rate was 37.4% and the award rate was 32.5%.
  • For Canada Graduate Scholarships‒Master’s, the application rate was 22.4% and the award rate was 20.1%.
  • For CIHR Doctoral Research Awards, the application rate was 28.5% and the award rate was 22.6%.
  • For CIHR postdoctoral fellowships, the application rate was 31.8% and the award rate was 21.9%.
  • For the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships—Doctoral program, the application rate was 27.8% and the award rate was 26.2%.
  • For NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 38.5% and the award rate was 41.6%.
  • For SSHRC doctoral awards, the application rate was 21.7% and the award rate was 22.1%.
  • For SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 20.8% and the award rate was 17.3%.
  • For Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the application rate was 32.5% and the award rate was 37.5%.
  • For Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, the application rate was 31.7% and the award rate was 30.0%.
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