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Gender in STEM Research Initiative: Announcement of projects

January 5, 2022
IDRC is pleased to announce the projects and research teams selected for the Gender in STEM Research Initiative (GIST), which aims to increase the contribution of science to gender equality to advance women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to increase gender analysis in STEM research.
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A total of six projects were selected following a call for proposals from across the world on “Advancing gender analysis and women’s leadership in STEM fields.” The call resulted in almost 200 applications, from which short-listed proposals were evaluated by a team of 10 external reviewers. Awarded projects will receive total funding of CAD7.3 million over the next three years to conduct research across Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  

The research activities range from gender analysis in water and climate science in South Asia, to testing institutional efforts at gender mainstreaming in STEM in sub-Saharan Africa and establishing an open data platform on reducing the STEM gender gap in LAC. Find out more about each of the selected projects and research teams below.   

GIST builds on IDRC's body of work to strengthen individual women’s capacities in science fields in the Global South. It also aims to address the unequal participation of women scientists in STEM and limited gender-based analysis in STEM research. As in many sectors, STEM fields have seen an exacerbation of gender inequalities due to COVID-19, with the pandemic causing disruptions in research and publication for women as they take on more care work than their male counterparts. GIST is funding university-led consortia in low- and middle-income countries to conduct research that leads to tangible solutions, aiming to transform institutions and systems so they advance women in science and propel high-quality STEM teaching and research that integrates gender analysis.   

See the call for proposals for the Gender in STEM Research Initiative.  

Project Descriptions