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Topic / Target >GERI.3.2015 Evaluation of initiatives to promote gender equality in research policy and research organisations


Specific challenge:
In the field of research, initiatives have been developed in European countries and beyond aiming at promoting gender equality. They include direct support to female researchers’ careers, specific awards, gender balance in decision-making, gender-budgeting the integration of a gender dimension in research and programmes. Some initiatives have a more comprehensive scope such as charters, performance agreements and gender equality plans. Others are tied with the funding of research organisations and Higher Education Institutions. They should have been initiated by public authorities or private organisations. Few of these initiatives have been evaluated so far and there is no common framework methodology to conduct such evaluations in Europe.

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 also encompass analysis of impacts:
- 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.
The proposed framework covers a selected range of initiatives from several EU countries using a comparative approach. It will contribute to develop a common understanding of the reach, value and limits of such evaluations. The proposals should also include an appropriate involvement of policy-makers to help integrate the findings of the evaluations in research and innovation policies.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of the order of EUR 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact:
The research will provide concepts and methodologies fitted to conduct evaluation of gender equality initiatives in Europe, which could be used at national and institutional levels. It shall also provide a better understanding of the impacts of current gender equality initiatives, from the science-management and policy-making perspectives.. This will help identify best practices to be promoted. In the medium term, it will help adapt gender equality initiatives and increase their efficacy, leading to an improved research intensity and productivity and furthering the progress towards the achievement of the European Research Area.


Start date: 11/12/2013
End date: 16/09/2015
Total budget
for this call: 9,000,000
(R&IA) H2020-GERI-2015-1 Research & innovation actions
Budget: EUR 2 million
Promoting gender equality in research and innovation

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.

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.

The expected outcome of European Commission actions is to increase the participation of women in research, improve their careers, achieve gender balance in decision making and further the excellence of R&I by integrating the gender dimension in research and innovation.

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