Diversity in Science
We believe that great results originate from scientific practice based on risk and uncertainty and that such science is only possible when there is freedom of ideas and a variety of vantage points. To achieve that, it is critical to create a group of more diverse young researchers thinking science from different perspectives. This is why we stimulate ethnic, racial and gender diversity in science in Brazil.
In 2019, we launched a guide consolidating our policies of support to diversity in science. The guide seeks to inspire our grantees and other institutions to promote inclusion initiatives providing guidelines to those who intend to create more diverse research groups. Get to know our guide by clicking on “Best practices guide for diversity in science”.
Actions adopted by Serrapilheira for encouraging diversity
• In our calls for proposals, we extended the deadline for completing doctoral studies by two years for applicants who are mothers;
• We created a support mechanism for women grantees who become pregnant or who give birth during the lifetime of their grant at the institute. They receive a maternity grant worth BRL 10,000 that can be used in the way that best suits their needs;
• We cover the costs of nursing age children (up to 2 years old) and the mother’s companion at events organized by the institute;
• We set up a bonus mechanism for inclusion actions. Researchers whose Serrapilheira grant is renewed can receive as much as BRL 700,000 conferred on an unconditional basis with a bonus of BRL 300,000, which must be used for integrating and training people from under-represented groups into the research teams. Adhering to this mechanism is voluntary, in other words, researchers can choose whether to accept the funding aimed at practices for encouraging diversity.
• We offer the possibility of extending the grant period for our grantees due to group members’ maternity leave time. We also encourage maintaining their pay during maternity leave and providing an additional maternity scholarship when possible. The project’s current resources should be used for such payments.
We work on the assumption that science is a practice that should be under constant review. Therefore, access to science must be universal. Open data facilitates collaboration between researchers, either in terms of research or by sharing knowledge, reapplying results, data and methods. This constitutes a critical process for the progress of science and reliability of scientific results. Get to know our guide by clicking on “Best practices guide in open and reproducible science”.