We contribute to advancing gender equality in the European Research Area through capacity building, policy exchange and coordination, and provision of strategic policy advice.

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Australia sets a 50:50 funding target

From 2023, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Australia will set targets to award equal numbers of Investigator Grants to women and men in a new commitment to address gender inequities in research funding. The Investigator Grant scheme is NHMRC’s largest funding scheme and a significant investment in Australia’s health and medical research workforce. The new initiative will see NHMRC introduce a special measure under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 that extends targets to fund an equal number of Leadership grants for women and men in the senior Investigator Grant scheme. Read more on this initiative here.

INSPIRE, our new sister project launched

We are happy to welcome a new member to the family of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects focused on gender equality in R&I. The project INSPIRE, started in October 2022, aims to be Europe’s sustainable centre of excellence, globally renowned for the quality of its research and analysis produced on inclusive gender equality in research and innovation. The project will provide a gateway for scholars, equality experts, practitioners and trainers to connect and share resources, co-create new ones, and link strategically with public and private institutions to benefit the European Research Area. INSPIRE’s research programme will develop new indicators for inclusive GEP design, conduct a GEP monitoring survey throughout Europe and identify key configurations of GEP success and failure. It will also fill critical knowledge gaps on the basis of case studies on intersectional policies whilst identifying promising practices in gendered regional innovation policy. By doing this, INSPIRE aims...

General Assembly

We met on 12 October online to discuss our tasks and future plans. And what are our outputs so far? D1.1 Project Handbook submitted (download in PDF) D8.1 Communication and dissemination plan and promotion kit submitted (download in PDF) M1: Advisory board set up (see the details) M2: Working groups of Research Funding Organisations Community of Practices set up (see details here) SharePoint, the web-based collaborative platform to support the work of the consortium, launched​ Needs assessment for capacity building and mutual learning was implemented, and the upcoming activities were agreed Benchmark survey of national policies and RFOs launched​ Our 1st stakeholder engagement took place (see more)

1st GENDERACTIONplus engagement event

Consultation brings together student and early-career researcher organisations across Europe to identify needs on tackling gender-based violence in academia The EU-funded GENDERACTIONplus project held its first stakeholder engagement event on 21 September 2022 to discuss ways of tackling gender-based violence in academia. Representatives of student and early-career researcher associations from across Europe shared their views and needs during the online workshop. Caption: Participants in the online workshop represented student and early-career researcher associations from 10 countries. Photo: GENDERACTIONplus At the start of the workshop,  Marcela Linková, GENDERACTIONplus project coordinator project and Head of the Centre for Gender and Science at  the Czech Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic, provided an overview of the aims and planned impacts of the GENDERACTIONplus project and how it is working to advance gender equality in the European Research Area, with gender-based violence in academia as one of its five key thematic areas. This...

Our objectives

1

Develop strategic policy advice on existing and emerging policy solutions in the five key thematic areas in the two Communities of Practice.

2

Enhance the policymaking process through engaging with stakeholders, CSOs and citizens, as relevant, in the five key areas.

3

Build capacities, competence and expertise for gender equality and mainstreaming in R&I among the policy and Research Funding Organisation Communities of Practice members, with special attention to countries with a less comprehensive policy.

4

Create impact through communication, dissemination and exploitation, including National Impact Plans and an EU impact plan.

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Intersectionality and inclusiveness

We wil explore the use of terminology, existing policies and practices on intersectionality, diversity and inclusiveness in research and innovation in the ERA, and ensure that the gender+ perspective is mainstreamed into GENDERACTIONplus topics.

We aim at policy coordination and capacity building on gender-based violence and sexual harassment in Research Funding Organisations, Research Performing Organisations and national authorities, through policy benchmarking and targeted mutual learning and development of strategic policy advice.

Gender-based violence

Gender dimension in R&I

We will enhance policy coordination across the EU Member States and Associated Countries to advance the gender dimension in research and innovation from an intersectional perspective through the whole cycle of research and innovation funding.

We will provide indicators for monitoring the implementation of inclusive gender equality policies at the national level. Presented through a dashboard on the project website, indicators will be advanced, and will complement the ERA scoreboard and the ERA monitoring.

Monitoring and evaluation of GE actions

Promoting institutional change

We will develop a system for monitoring and evaluating the implementation and impact of Gender Equality Plans in order to support institutional change as the main instrument to promote inclusive gender equality in the new ERA.

Outputs

  • Policy mapping and benchmarking
  • Strategic policy advice
  • Mutual learning and capacity building
  • ERA stakeholder and citizen engagement