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Project name:

EQUAL

Status: Not Approved
Creation date: 08-01-2018

Project objectives:

Unfortunately this project was nog approved, however the review  was very positive. Therefore, we are currently aligning on a possible follow-up.

Gender equality is a key priority of the European Research Area (ERA). Three objectives underpin the European Commission’s strategy on gender equality in research and innovation policy:

  • Fostering equality in scientific careers;
  • Ensuring gender balance in decision-making processes and bodies;
Integrating the gender dimension in research and innovation content, i.e. taking into account the biological characteristics and the social features of women and men.

The Council Conclusions on Advancing gender equality in the European Research Area (adopted in 2015) emphasize the need to foster sustainable cultural and institutional change in the ERA national action plans or strategies at the level of Member States and research institutions. The Council also invites EU Member States and research funding organisations to provide incentives to encourage higher education institutions and research organisations to revise or develop gender mainstreaming strategies and/or gender equality plans and to mobilise adequate resources.

For research organisations to have a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) is getting more and more important. In Germany for example, national research financing organisations set having a GEP as an eligibility criterion.

The European Commission wants to stimulate research organisations to develop a GEP. In the specific context of research organisations and higher education institutions, the European Commission considers a GEP as a set of actions aimed at:

  • Conducting impact assessment / audits of procedures and practices to identify gender bias;
  • Identifying and implementing innovative strategies to correct any bias;
  • Setting targets and monitoring progress via indicators.The scope of a GEP may strongly vary, depending on the specific context.
  • Within the framework of H2020, the European Commission supports the implementation of GEPs as a "driver" for systemic institutional change. They provide funding to carry out the three action sets mentioned above: assessment/audit, implementation, monitoring. Participating organisations must be at a starting/initial stage in the setting-up of gender equality plans. Projects will have a duration of at least 48 months.

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