Black scientists need equitable research funding to stay in Canada: Editorial

February 15, 2022
If Black scientists do not have access to equitable research funding, they may leave Canada to complete their research in other countries, writes Kate Bueckert of CBC. Bueckert says that Black scientists are facing a variety of challenges with accessing federal research funding in Canada, such as being less likely to have had relevant leadership opportunities and not having their life experiences recognized. McGill University Professor Loydie Jerome-Majewska said she has only received grant funding when listed as a collaborator. “They’re not saying that your science sucks,” says Jerome-Majewska. “It’s just that, well, there’s very little money and we know this other person, and it’s probably subconscious, right?” CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC have launched equity and diversity initiatives, reports CBC, while the Canada Research Chairs program is undertaking actions to “address the underrepresentation of individuals.” CBC (Editorial)