Institutions: The University of Strathclyde (UK), the University of Manchester (UK), and Tufts University (USA).
Researchers: Dr Marco Reggiani (University of Strathclyde), Dr Jessica Gagnon (University of Manchester), and Dr Timothy Atherton (Tufts University).
Dr Marco Reggiani, the principal investigator on this project, said: "The LGBTQual+ project aims to have a substantial impact in the sector by improving understanding of the purpose and potential impact of qualitative and mixed methods research for developing transformative policies, practices, and interventions to enhance inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in STEM We will model good methodological practices and address existing knowledge gaps to gain an innovative, intersectional, and queer understanding of attrition and retention for LGBTQ+ scientists.
"Through our project, we hope to build a network of researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders for sharing best practices for delivering authentic change on LGBTQ+ inclusion in STEM.
"Equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM require critical and transformative approaches. Existing research, including our own, highlights institutional responsibilities to address inequities faced by LGBTQ+ and /or other historically underrepresented and marginalised individuals. This includes higher education institutions, funders, learned societies, and governments.
"The LGBT+ Inclusion in STEM Grant offers us tangible support to scale up work towards creating more inclusive STEM environments. The support of the RSC and SIN will be a crucial factor for the successful implementation of the project’s recommendations. We look forward to collaborating and enhancing equity and inclusion for LGBTQ+ people in STEM."