CIHR Project: Sex and Gender Considerations

Should your study include sex and gender considerations?

All CIHR applicants are expected to integrate sex and gender considerations into their research design, where appropriate, to maximize the relevance and applicability of health research findings.

As part of the grant application process, CIHR requires applicants to indicate and elaborate on whether sex and/or gender will be factored into the research design, analyses, and reporting of research results. Applications that do not adequately account for sex and gender considerations may be penalized accordingly at peer review.

Consultation Sessions – January 20 to February 28

SPARC is coordinating consultation sessions with Dr. Tamara Bodnar – SPARC’s sex and gender specialist – for CIHR Project Grant applicants to discuss sex and gender considerations relevant to their study designs and/or to familiarize themselves with CIHR’s Peer Reviewer guidelines.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Bodnar by email to schedule a meeting or phone call and can forward relevant materials for her consideration. Materials can include a draft research proposal, peer reviewer comments and/or the ReseachNet justification textbox for the consideration of sex and/or gender as per the Enter Proposal Information task. Dr. Bodnar is also available to provide an overview of SPARC’s sex & gender resources and/or discuss the following topics listed below.


Discussion topics

Understanding sex and gender dimensions • considerations for sex as a biological variable (SABV) • acceptable cases/justification for single-sex studies • considerations for sex and gender in primary data collection • sex and gender equity in research (SAGER) guidelines • sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) • reporting sex and gender results • integrating sex and gender into knowledge translation plans



Dr. Tamara Bodnar is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Medicine, conducting both basic science and clinical studies in the fields of development, neuroscience, and immunology. She has a strong research background incorporating sex- and gender-related considerations into experimental designs, as well as experience performing sex- and gender-based analyses. Dr. Bodnar has led numerous sex and gender workshops at UBC and participates in SPARC’s editorial review of draft research proposals, with special focus on integration sex and gender in health research.