On September 23, Gender-Net Plus invited top experts involved in the design of national & international gender equality policies to (virtually) engage in indepth conversation and share fine-tuned inputs on the EC-supported topic of gender equality in research funding.

Following-up on Gender-Net 2009 report on The Gender challenge in Research Funding, the consortium intends to provide updated knowledge on the topic with a new data-driven policy brief based on the contributions of the 13 Gender-Net Plus participating countries (ranging from 11 EU member-states to Israel, Norway and Canada).

Participants provided substantive feedback on this new report’s main sections focusing on  government instructions; gender balance in decision-making bodies & evaluation panels; gender data collection, monitoring and results’ publishing and general improvement of the transparency in research funding. Special attention was given to explore and expand sections dedicated to Gender Equality Plans of Research Funding Organisations (RFOs) and the increasing of funding applications from women researchers.

Gender-Net Plus wishes to thank all the expert participants for this very fruitful conversation offering plenty of opportunities to refine ongoing analysis and optimize the relevance of resultant policy recommendations.

Midterm Monitoring Workshop: GenderNET+ Partners Meet with Project Coordinators of 13 Co-Funded Projects

On April 22 GenderNET+ convened with the project coordinators from its 13 co-funded projects to discuss current progress and achievements towards gender integration. The projects span a wide range of subjects each with exciting implications in the field of gender and research and a huge impact on society. Every project that presented also provided analysis of their research teams and partners, ensuring the involvement of gender experts and researchers of different academic backgrounds.

These projects stand to have a great impact on the medical and scientific community and further, on the general population. From identifying the grave risks with prescribing cascades especially among elderly women to identifying risk factors for severe and chronic tinnitus, exploring the role sex plays in immune related adverse events in cancer treatment to groundbreaking addiction research, these projects are producing work that has the potential to drastically improve care in the health and medical sphere.

Several GenderNET+ projects are also using interdisciplinary approaches to tackle issues of gender-based violence. One project is taking a multilateral approach to the issue of female genital mutilation by analyzing policy and creating materials and trainings so that healthcare professionals have the tools to provide sensitive, informed, and thoughtful care. Another project is researching sexual and gender-based violence committed against refugee and migrant women using an intersectional approach in order to provide policy recommendations to fight against this issue. Adding to the sphere of research on gender-based violence, the discourses of young people around masculinities and how those discourses relate to their attitudes around violence against women are also being researched by a GenderNET+ project.

In addition to the projects focusing on health and those focusing on the battle against gender-based violence, GenderNET+ also had the pleasure of hearing about more exploratory research around a number of subjects like climate change, research on social exclusion, entrepreneurship, and cultural perspectives on aging and masculinity in film and literature. These projects are using innovative research methods, integrating the gender dimension

GenderNET+ is incredibly proud of the expansive research and immense progress that’s been made by the co-funded projects despite challenges faced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is looking forward to the publishing of upcoming project results. To follow along with each project’s progress check the GenderNET+ website for updates on study results and publications.

To download the introductory presentation by MICINN team, click here.

More details on each project can be found here.

13 transnational projects selected


The GENDER-NET Plus consortium is very proud to announce that 13 transnational research projects integrating sex and gender dimensions in their research contents have been selected for funding.

The projects will tackle mainly health, but also industrialisation, innovation and climate action, three of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The projects involving 13 countries (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Canada) and 51 partners will start first quarter 2019.

The international scientific area is still facing challenges in reaching gender equality and integration of gender dimension in the research analysis, which is crucial to avoid gender-biased science.
These 13 projects should bring significant results and contribute that way to the objective of the European Research Area to achieve gender equality and mainstreaming in research.

GENDER-NET Plus has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

More information on the selected projects.

35 pre-proposals approved to proceed to the next step

In March, we were very happy to announce that GENDER-NET Plus had received 85 pre-proposals across 326 partners and were surprised with the interest and enthusiasm generated.

Today, after the eligibility check and the evaluation, 35 projects closely examined have been approved. They are invited to proceed to the next step, sending detailed proposals.

We thank you for your participation and contribution to its success!

Interview SRC as GENDER-NET Plus WP2 leader

After the success of the GENDER-NET Plus co-funded call, illustrated through the high number of pre-proposals received, our colleagues from the Swedish Research Council, Marianne Hall and Carl Jacobsson, in charge of the preparation and the launch of the call, provide their outlook.


Swedish Research Council, as GENDER-NET Plus leader of the Work Package 2, was in charge of the preparation and the launch of the call. Could you explain why the topics covered by this joint call are so important?

The integration of sex and gender analysis into research content gives new knowledge and insights, which ultimately will benefit both women and men. The sex and gender dimension is critical to fully understand the urgent societal challenges we are facing. The GENDER-NET Plus call is focused on three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 3 Good health and well-being, SDG 9 Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation, and SDG 13 Climate Action.

A consideration of sex and gender is fundamental when striving for healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages. An individual’s sex (biological differences between males and females) as well as socially-constructed gender norms and relations influence the individual’s mental and physical health, as well as access to health services.

In order to achieve an inclusive and sustainable development, for both women and men, we need a better understanding of the role of gender in technology and innovation. This is important not the least when developing technological solutions for environmentally sound industrialization.

Women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change in situations of poverty, and the majority of the world’s poor are women. Although women, as a group, in many countries have a lower climate impact and higher vulnerability towards climate change effects such as extreme weather events and related natural disasters, women’s unequal participation in decision-making processes compound inequalities and often prevent women from fully contributing to climate-related planning, policy-making and implementation.


What do you expect from the projects selected in the framework of this co-funded call?

All projects funded by the GENDER-NET Plus initiative will contribute to new, innovative, comparative, critical and interdisciplinary approaches and methods which will produce new knowledge concerning these important topics.  In addition to new knowledge in the topics of gender and health, we look forward to new insights regarding gender and new technologies and gender and climate action. We are looking forward to have our own preconceptions challenged and, indeed, to be surprised by the results of the research.


Could you share some lessons you have learnt as leaders of the preparation and launch of the call?

The inclusion of sex and gender into research concerning societal challenges indeed engages the partners in the consortium. Many of the partners volunteered to work with the selection of research topics and gave valuable input to the formulation of the call. To reach a reasonable consensus among 16 partners from 13 countries the process should be as transparent as possible, with several possibilities for the partners to contribute.

It was an intense period of work with the call and the call text. The time-frame was quite short, and the European Commission scrutinized the call text carefully before giving permission to publish the call.

GEECCO interviews GENDER-NET Plus

The first GEECCO newsletter talks about GENDER-NET Plus!
GEECCO is an EU funded project, which brings together a consortium that is characterized by the focus on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
 and Mathematics) field. GEECCO will be a step forward establishing tailor-made gender equality plans (GEPs) in Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) and implementing the gender dimension in research funding programmes in Research Funding Organisations (RFOs).

Read the whole Newsletter here.

GENDER-NET Plus received 85 pre-proposals across 326 partners

On International Women’s day, we were very happy to announce that GENDER-NET Plus had received 85 pre-proposals across 326 partners, and many positive comments and supports from a wide range of stakeholders.

GENDER-NET Plus partners have organized events related to the call and the project in itself and the efforts of the consortium have significantly contributed to the success of the call, which represents an excellent opportunity for experts to formulate proposals that address a variety of pressing issues and urgent societal challenges.

We were all extremely surprised by the interest and the enthusiasm generated by the GENDER-NET Plus co-funded call!

We thank you for your participation and contribution to its success. It is now time to proceed to the elegibility check and the evaluation.
Stay tuned for the next steps of the selection!