Promoting gender equality in research institutions and integration of the gender dimension in research content

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by Federico Zemborain - published on , updated on

CIHR (Canada)

The mission of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Gender and Health, is to foster research excellence regarding the influence of gender and sex on the health of women and men throughout life, and to apply these research findings to identify and address pressing health challenges. As one of CIHR’s 13 Institutes, IGH has been a pivotal actor in the Canadian gender, sex and health research context, actively promoting the importance of gender and sex in health research. IGH has invested in various national calls for proposal, research programmes and collaborative activities aimed at supporting cutting-edge research and building gender, sex and health research capacity. As a research funding institute, CIHR-IGH is the Programme Owner of all the programmes the Institute funds. These include investigator-driven research grants; multidisciplinary team grants; centres for research development awards; and, doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. IGH is also Programme Manager for a number of large national multi-Institute/multi-partner programmes involving various funding organizations. In addition, CIHR-IGH hosts outreach activities such as webinars, workshops, and conferences to raise awareness about gender and sex, and most importantly to support the evidence that there is much to be gained from the routine integration of gender and sex across the research spectrum. All programmes funded by CIHR-IGH must be focused on gender and/or sex.

CIHR-IGH also influences policy. Recently, CIHR-IGH spearheaded the development and implementation of a policy that requires all grant applicants to CIHR to respond to questions as to whether their research proposal include sex and/or gender consideration. The Institute also contributed to the federal Gender and Sex-Based Analysis (GSBA) policy that requires the implementation of GSBA across all programmes and activities by Canada’s federal health agencies. Thus, CIHR brings to the GENDER-NET ERA-NET strong expertise in fostering sex and gender awareness within research funding agencies; integration of sex and gender into research content; influencing policy; and, training for researchers and grant proposal reviewers/evaluators on sex and gender analysis.

Tasks in GENDER-NET:
- Co-Leader for WP3, participant to WP1 and 4

Team member:

Abigail Forson
Assistant Director
CIHR Institute of Gender and Health

See online : CIHR Institute of Gender and Health


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