Joint Research Centre (JRC): non-nuclear direct actions

Grants for direct activities of the Joint Research Centre to reinforce the analysis of policies, impact assessment or strategic intelligence about the trends on science and technology, among others.
Topic / Target >GERI.1.2014 Innovative approach to communication encouraging girls to study science


Specific challenge:
To attract more women to research careers, the Commission launched in 2012 the communication campaign "Science: it's a girl thing!", which aims at encouraging 13-18 years old girls to study science. Young people often make career-critical decisions at this age and either orientate towards or away from scientific subjects.

Girls tend to drop out of Science, Technology, Engeneering and Mathematics (STEM) for various reasons linked in particular to the social roles they expect or are expected to play as well as the way STEM subjects are taught. In order to better attract and retain female students, science and educational institutions should reconsider their external communication and the way STEM subjects are taught.

This topic will support awareness raising activities (workshops, seminars, hands-on activities, etc.) to be carried out with the contribution of gender experts. Activities will involve role models, and will bring together actors such as schools, science museums; research centres, etc, strengthening their interactions. Collaboration with regional/national authorities will be appreciated. Activities shall cover at least 14 countries. Activities will be carried out in the umbrella of the campaign "Science it's a girl thing".

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.6 and 0.9 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:
In the short term, the action will contribute to change the way science is communicated and increase the participation and interest of girls in STEM. It will encourage sustainable collaboration among schools, science museums, research centres, on gender equality in science. In the long term, it will contribute towards European Research Area objectives, by increasing the number of female researchers in Europe. It will also contribute to the Innovation Union objectives by better matching skills to available jobs.


Start date: 11/12/2013
End date: 02/10/2014
Total budget
for this call: 9,500,000
(CSA) H2020-GERI-2014-1 Coordination & support action
Budget: EUR 1.5 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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