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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...

Ireland launched an implementation plan for ending sexual violence and harassment in HEIs

On 13 October, the Higher Education Authority in Ireland launched its implementation plan for years 2022 – 2024. The actions set out in the plan respond to the recommendations that emerged from the National Surveys of Staff and Student Experiences of Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish HEIs, which were conducted by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) at the request of the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The delivery of the actions in this plan is intended to build on and complement the broad range of initiatives ongoing across the sector towards the outcomes set out in the national policy framework published in 2019; ‘Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive: Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions, (often referred to as the ‘Framework for Consent’), and accompanying institutional action plans. The HEA is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the framework, and HEIs...

Spain takes further steps to reinforce gender equality in R&I

A new amendment of the Spanish law on R&I brings alignment with the EU framework​ by including the institutional change to support inclusive and gender-sensitive environments (i.e., free from gender bias, discrimination, sexist behaviour and sexual harassment​) and the integration of the gender dimension in research projects and sex/gender analysis in content​. The National Plan for R&I will require a gender assessment report​, and the Spanish R&I public institutions will have to develop GEPs and sexual/sexist harassment protocols with annual monitoring​. The amendment also promotes gender expert advice in evaluation committees​, requests implementation of positive actions targeting women (particularly at the highest level of the research career) ​and requires that gender equality criteria be included in public procurement​. The law also obligates the integration of intersectionality in the design of GE policies and in the content of research, innovation and knowledge transfer​. Also, the gender award scheme for R&I centres...