Genome BC acknowledges that systemic barriers and biases exist in our research ecosystem that limit diversity, equitable, and inclusive access to resources. As a major research funding organization in British Columbia (BC), Genome BC is committed to removing these barriers by: (a) supporting equitable access to opportunities for applicants to its funding programs and practices; (b) promoting the integration of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in its programs and practices; (c) increasing equitable and inclusive participation in its research ecosystem. Keeping our effort consistent with the initiatives from the Tri-Agency and other Canadian federal funding organizations, Genome BC is collecting the data and conducting the analyses needed to include EDI considerations in its funding opportunities.
Genome BC is well positioned and determined to tackle these challenges through its Research, Innovation, and Communications & Societal Engagement mandates outlined in the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.
Reviewers engaged for Genome BC programs and other initiatives are being asked to complete a self-identification form, which includes questions on age, gender identity, sexual orientation, Indigenous identity, visible minority status, population group, disabilities, and language. The data is being collected anonymously, and each question includes a “prefer not to answer” option.
By gathering and analyzing demographic data collected from our program reviewers, we will have a better understanding of the community that is assisting in selecting projects for funding. This information will be a first step towards our goal of identifying any barriers and challenges in Genome BC’s funding programs and application review processes.