H2020-GERI-2015-1. Call for promoting gender equality in research and innovation

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Saturday, 26 September 2015
Overview and objectives: 

The European Union aims to eliminate inequalities and to promote equality between men and women in all its activities, including in Research and Innovation. Promoting gender equality is one of the key priorities of a “Reinforced European Research Area Partnership for Excellence and Growth”. The Member States are invited to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers, address gender balance in decision making and strengthen the gender dimension in research programmes. Horizon 2020 promotes gender equality in particular by supporting structural changes in the organisation of research institutions and the gender dimension in the content and design of research activities.

To reach this objective, the activities of this Call will aim at: Encouraging girls to study science and female students to further embrace a career in research; Analysing the impact of gender diversity in research teams on research and innovation outcomes; Developing a common framework to evaluate national initiatives to promote gender equality in research policy and research organisations; Supporting research organisations to implement gender equality plans.


GERI-3-2015: Evaluation of initiatives to promote gender equality in research policy and research organisations

The proposals shall develop concepts and methodologies for the evaluation of initiatives mentioned above, providing an adequate analysis of how gender issues are considered in science management and policy-making and how they contribute to achieve three main objectives: equal participation and progression in research careers, gender balance in decision-making and the integration of a gender dimension in research content and programmes. The proposed evaluation framework shall cover a selected range of initiatives with a national or regional scope: on research quality and productivity as well as innovation; on research organisations and Higher Education Institutions in terms of structure; efficiency, competitiveness, quality of the workplace, recruitment capacity; at research system level in terms of intensity and productivity.

Type of action: Research and Innovation Actions

GERI-4-2015: Support to research organisations to implement gender equality plans

Gender equality is a key priority of the European Research Area Communication. "A Reinforced European Research Area: Partnership for Excellence and Growth"[1], which invites Member States, research performing organisations (RPOs), including Higher Education Institutions, as well as research funding organisations (RFOs) to take action to promote gender equality in R&I with the following objectives: Removing barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers; Addressing gender imbalances in decision making processes; Strengthening the gender dimension in research programmes. The action provides support to RPOs and RFOs in order to support systemic institutional changes, in particular through the implementation of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs). GEPs shall: Conduct impact assessment / audit of procedures and practices, including relevant data on HR management, teaching and research activities, in order to identify gender bias at organisation level; Implement innovative strategies to address gender bias; this should include family-friendly policies (e.g. work schedule’s flexibility; parental leave; mobility, dual-career couples); gender planning and budgeting; training on gender equality in Human Resources (HR) management; develop the gender dimension in research content and programmes; integrating gender studies in Higher Education Institution curricula; Set targets and monitor progress via indicators at organisation level

Type of action: Coordination and Support Actions

Recipient bodies: 

These activities are targeted to researchers and innovators, research organisations, primary, secondary and higher education establishments, science museums, citizens and their associations or groupings, media, policy makers at national, regional and local levels, etc.

Budget available: 
€9 000 000.00
Developed programme: 

Horizon 2020: Science with and for Society

The aim of this programme is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

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