Report Card FAQ

Programmatic Questions

What’s the goal of the report card?

The goal of the report card is evaluate institutions’ commitment to promoting gender equality and to recognize those that exhibit exceptional gender equality practices. The goal of the report card is to encourage institutions to promote gender equality in science, medicine and engineering and to create programs to make it possible.

Where did the idea come from?

The idea was generated from the Working Group of NYSCF’s Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering (IWISE). It was one of the seven actionable strategies the Working Group recommended for promoting gender equality in science following the inaugural IWISE meeting in February 2014. The conclusions and strategies from this meeting were published in March 2015 in Cell Stem Cell.

Can I read the IWISE Working Group’s paper?

Yes, you can read the paper here. We encourage you to share it widely with your colleagues.

Who is part of the IWISE Working Group?

The IWISE Working Group is made of a diverse coalition of international scientists, who span a variety of careers stages as well as leaders, politicians, journal editors, biomedical research funders and others who are committed to advocating for gender equality in science. You can view the full participant list here.

Logistical Questions

Do I have to complete the report card?

Yes. All applicants must complete the report card as part of their applications to NYSCF’s award programs. Applications without completed report cards will be considered incomplete.

Who should complete the report card?

The report card should be completed by, or on behalf of, your department chair.

Will the data reported in the report card affect my application?

No. We are currently in the pilot phase of the report card, and during this phase the data reported by your department chair will not affect your grant application. The only way that the report card will affect your application is if it is not completed.

Will the data reported increase or decrease my chances of receiving an award?

No. We are currently in the pilot phase of the report card, and during this phase the data reported by your department chair will not affect your grant application.