Research grant applications: Sensitive Approach to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in Research

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Sex and Gender-Based Analysis (SBGA) mandates adopted in recent years by academic bodies require research teams to meet criteria when submitting grant applications. Following this premise, this document aims to accompany research teams in an approach sensitive to EDI-G and SBGA.

One of the challenges of learning, inclusive and effective healthcare systems is to understand the differentiated experiences of the people who use them.

Academic, governmental, and community bodies increasingly adopt specific mandates for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and sex and gender-based analysis (SGBA). To this end, granting agencies require that concepts and principles of EDI and SGBA considerations be systematically integrated in the grant proposal. Following this premise, this document aims to support research teams to be sensitive to an EDI and SGBA approach.


  • Bilkis Vissandjée, PhD
  • Isabel Fernandez


  • Olivier Dufault
  • Deka Abdourahman Ali


This document is a complement to those available online in Quebec, Canada, and internationally.

  • This guide is the result of a rapid review of guidelines and best practices that support research teams for EDI- and SGBA-responsive proposals.
  • The added value of this document lies in its alignment of the best practices within the Unité de soutien SSA Québec guidelines.
  • It suggests considerations of EDI and SBGA at the intersection of the social determinants of health as part of the differentiated trajectories of the populations involved in the research;
  • A list of resources related to EDI and SGBA considerations in research (scientific articles, action plans, guidelines) is available at the end of this document.
  • Equity, diversity, inclusion, sex and gender
  • Indigenous health care