To establish relevance, all applications must clearly address the following:
- The research question must specifically target improving outcomes for women and/or children through health research.
- The primary research question must address the unique and distinct health needs of women and/or children. For example:
- Stating that a particular disease or risk factor is higher in women or in children is not sufficient rationale; the study must explore why prevalence is higher in women or children.
- If a study is exploring sex/gender comparisons, the comparison must be embedded as the primary research question, not as a secondary outcome.
- Methodology must clearly demonstrate direct applicability to women and/or children’s health outcomes. The applicant must provide rationale for their chosen research model, including factors such as sex and age.
The above items are some common considerations; alternative or additional factors may need to be included depending upon the proposed research.