Funding brief: IDRC is pleased to launch a call for research proposals to identify and address systemic barriers that stand in the way of a greater participation of women and other under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields in both the public and the private sector, in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
This call for research proposals aims to identify and address systemic barriers that stand in the way of greater participation by women and other underrepresented groups in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the public and private sectors in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
These systemic barriers are a result of institutional values, cultures, policies, and practices that implicitly or explicitly restrict the institutions from successfully attracting, recruiting, retaining, and promoting women scientists and other groups with a minority presence in STEM fields.
In high-income countries, extensive research into STEM career choices, opportunities, and pathways has identified a variety of obstacles preventing women from achieving their full potential in science. This evidence has helped institutions and organizations active in STEM to develop more effective initiatives and measures to eliminate or reduce systemic barriers.
However, a similar understanding of how institutional values, cultures, policies, and practices affect the participation and success of women and other underrepresented groups in LMICs does not exist. Such evidence is necessary to improve LMIC capacity to develop STEM human capital by improving gender equality and diversity in science education and in the various sectors of the economy.
There is a need for research that identifies existing initiatives and their results, as well as new initiatives that are being introduced by institutions. Research is also needed to identify other innovative approaches that could be piloted for learning, potential mainstreaming within institutions, or inspiring larger communities in LMICs to do likewise.
Donor Name: International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Centre de Recherches Pour Le Developpement International (CRDI)
Funding name: No specific fund name
Funding theme: Breaking systemic barriers to women’s participation in science
Deadline: August, 15th, 2019 by 17:00 (EDT)
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: A total amount of at least CA$ 2.8 million is available for this call. IDRC’s contribution to the budget of each proposal is within a range of CA$ 200,000 to CA$ 500,000 for projects of up to 60 months (depending on the type of proposal). Between 5 and 14 projects will be funded through this call.
Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: Up to 60 months (depending on the type of proposal)
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: This call is open to research institutions, consortia, or non-governmental organizations with proven research capacity. The institutions should have a strong presence in eligible low and middle-income countries. The research must be proposed and executed by an institution or group of institutions that are independent of the institution(s) to be studied.
● Donors, UN entities, multilateral organizations, independent researchers, and for-profit consulting firms are not eligible for this call.
Eligible Country: Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, South America, South of Sahara
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
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