University of Waterloo Gender Equity Research Grants


Continuing to work toward Waterloo's HeForShe IMPACT commitments and gender equity on campus, we are proud to establish the University of Waterloo Gender Equity Research Grants. This initiative offers grants of up to $10,000 each to support research investigating or addressing gender equity, with preference given to projects that advance Waterloo's three IMPACT 10x10x10 commitments or of demonstrated relevance to the University of Waterloo.


Application deadline: Friday 14 June 2019

Anticipated notice of decision: by Wednesday 14 August 2019

Award period: 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020, plus one year no-cost extension upon approval

Funds available: Individual grants of up to $10,000 will be funded


The University of Waterloo is part of the United Nations Women’s HeForShe campaign, a global effort that invites men and boys to work with women and girls, as equal partners, in advancing gender equity. As part of the campaign, the UN Women launched the 10x10x10 IMPACT framework, which involves 10 corporations, 10 governments, and 10 universities. 

As part of our involvement in the 10x10x10 IMPACT framework, Waterloo has made three specific commitments to address gender equity on campus:

  • Commitment 1: Boost girls’ participation in STEM experiences to build future female leaders
  • Commitment 2: Enhance female faculty representation to drive toward parity in the future
  • Commitment 3: Advance women into positions that lead the university

The Gender Equity Research Grants support research that investigates and addresses gender equity with preference given to projects that advance Waterloo's three IMPACT 10x10x10 commitments or of demonstrated relevance to Waterloo.


  • Principal Applicant must be tenured or tenure-track, full-time University of Waterloo faculty, or hold a definite term research professor appointment, where the primary affiliation is with Waterloo.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include co-applicants with relevant experience to the project.  Co-applicants may be faculty, staff, students, or affiliated with other institutions. (Note that funds are not transferrable to other institutions).
  • All research disciplines are eligible.

Eligible expenses

Salaries of trainees, research assistants, minor equipment, databases, supplies, travel essential for the conduct of the research, and other justified expenses. Funds are not transferrable to other institutions.

Application procedures

  1. Combine the following documents into one PDF file. Applications not submitted as a single PDF file, with applicant’s name and department [1] in the header, will be returned. Applications should be formatted with 12pt Times New Roman font, single line spacing, and 3/4 inch margins.
    1. Applicant information: simply put your name and department in the document header (the Office of Research cover sheet will capture all other essential information — see step 3)

    2. Summary of proposal (150 words maximum)

    3. Detailed proposal (2 pages maximum, plus 1 page of references)

    4. Fit with aims of the grant (half page maximum)

    5. Budget for up to $10,000 award, with detailed justification (1 page maximum)

    6. Applicant’s academic CV or CCV (up to last six years research output)
  2. Email the application package to Monica Finlay (

  3. Complete an Office of Research cover sheet and send the fully signed hard-copy, original to Monica Finlay, Office of Research, East Campus 5 (3rd floor). Questions about the cover sheet may be directed to Monica at or ext. 32023.

Evaluation of applications

Funding decisions for this program will be made by the UW Gender Equity Research Grant committee. This gender-mixed committee contains representation from each Faculty, and membership is renewed each year.

The 2019 committee includes:

  • Diana Parry (Applied Health Sciences)
  • Sherilyn Houle (Science)
  • Andrea Collins (Environment)
  • Jay Dolmage (Arts)
  • Hassan Baaj (Engineering)
  • Prabhakar Ragde (Mathematics)
  • Leslie Copp (Office of Research)

When necessary, the committee may seek advice from others on campus with expertise relevant to a particular application.

Evaluation criteria

  • Excellence, impact and relevance of the research proposal including significance to the aims of the grant program.
  • Viability of the work plan including budget justification
  • Relevant expertise and experience of applicant(s)

Final report requirements

Three months following the termination of the grant, a one to two page final report including a summary of the research results and their general significance must be submitted to the University of Waterloo Gender Equity Research Grant Committee via

For more information, contact: 
Diana Parry
Chair, University of Waterloo Gender Equity Research Grant Committee
ext. 43468

[1] The term “department” is used for simplicity and is meant to include University of Waterloo Departments, Schools, Centres and Institutes.

Project members: 
Project start date:
May, 2018
Last updated: January 30, 2019