The Fonds de recherche du Québec lauched their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy 2021-2026 in the summer of 2021.

In order to take into account the changing context, feedback from the community, and progress in the Strategy’s implementation, it underwent a mid-term update in the winter of 2024.


The FRQ aspire to achieve a research ecosystem whose strength lies in:

  • Equitable and inclusive practices
  • A diversity of people, perspectives, methodologies and research questions
  • Diverse and inclusive models of excellence

Principles guiding the FRQ’s approach

A concerted approach within the research ecosystem is paramount.

It is important to ensure coherence between the actions of the FRQ, the federal granting agencies and the higher education institutions with respect to EDI. In addition, these actions must take into account the work of researchers and students who have long advocated for EDI within the research community. Collaboration and dialogue will be essential to achieve the systemic changes that a real culture shift entails.

Four main objectives

Objective 1. Make EDI core values within the organizational culture of the FRQ
  • Provide FRQ staff with an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Integrate EDI in all spheres of activity of the FRQ
Objective 2. Ensure equitable access to FRQ funding
  • Collect data to better understand the barriers faced by different groups in accessing FRQ funding
  • Correct inequities and contribute to reducing barriers identified in the access to FRQ funding
Objective 3. Support the research community’s move toward EDI
  • Encourage the research community to consider EDI in all facets of research
  • Work with university and college communities to promote an inclusive and diverse vision of research excellence
  • Support the research community in the cultural shift toward greater consideration of EDI
Objective 4. Accelerate the advancement and sharing of knowledge on EDI
  • Better recognize and support EDI expertise
  • Use the FRQ’s EDI process to build knowledge on EDI practices