The Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity to advance gender analysis and women’s leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields through the Gender in STEM Research Initiative.
The ultimate objective is to increase the contribution of science to gender equality.
This initiative will support university-led consortia to expand and deepen scholarship in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly in Africa, on the challenges and opportunities that women scientists experience in STEM fields and on the importance of gender analysis in STEM research.
The initiative will increase localized evidence on the key factors that constrain or support women scientists and gender analysis in STEM at different levels and in different STEM domains, on actual or potential strategies (structures, programs and policies) to address these, and on lessons learned at the level of universities and responsible ministries, nationally and regionally.
Through research, consortia will be expected to identify innovative approaches that increase the capacity of universities and other higher-education institutions to be more inclusive of women and gender analysis in STEM.
The research consortia must propose research that addresses at least one of four themes:
- Including gender analysis in STEM research
- Exploring STEA+M — integrating arts, design, humanities and social sciences (A+) into STEM higher education and research
- Advancing institutional policies to promote gender equality in STEM
- Safeguarding women scientists
- Budget: CA$1 million to CA$1.25 million per research consortium; a total of CA$8 million is available for this call.
- This call for expressions of interest is open to public universities from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Africa, Asia, or Latin America/Caribbean that have demonstrated expertise in research on gender issues in STEM fields.
- IDRC only accept applications in English or French.
- IDRC encourage applications from consortia of at least two public universities based in at least two LMICs.
- IDRC expect women scientists to play leading roles in the consortia.
For more information, visit https://www.idrc.ca/en/funding/call-expressions-interest-gender-stem-research-initiative-advancing-gender-analysis-and