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Gender equality

Gender equality & gender dimension in research & innovation content

In Horizon 2020, gender is addressed as a cross-cutting issue in order to rectify imbalances between women and men as far as the implementation of projects is concerned, and to integrate a gender dimension in the research and innovation content.

  1. Horizon 2020 applicants are encouraged to promote equal opportunities in the implementation of the action proposed and to ensure a balanced participation of women and men in their project teams at all levels including management structures.
    • The gender dimension is explicitly integrated in several topics across all sections of the Work Programme:
    • an in-depth understanding of men and womens' needs
    • behaviours and attitudes contributes to the scientific quality and societal relevance of knowledge
    • technologies and innovations produced
    • It also contributes to the production of goods and services better suited to potential markets.
  2. All H2020 research topics with a gender dimension
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    Project requirements

    When applying for funding under a 'topic with a gender dimension', you should:

    • ensure that gender issues are integrated at various stages of your proposed project
    • include specific studies where relevant.

    You may also include a gender element in a project proposal under any H2020 research topic, if you think it is relevant.


      The gender aspects of proposed research projects will be evaluated as follows:
    • For flagged topics (topic with a gender dimension), evaluators will look at how sex and/or gender analysis is taken into account in the project's content
    • If gender issues are dealt with in projects under other H2020 topics with no specific gender aspect, evaluators will examine them in the same way as any other relevant parts of the proposals.
    • Gender-balanced staffing comes into play as a ranking factor to prioritise ex aequo proposals: this is based on staff named in the proposal who will be primarily responsible for carrying out the research and/or innovation activities. The ex-aequo proposal with the best gender balance ratio is ranked higher.
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    Grant agreement and negotiations

    When signing a grant agreement, you must take all measures to promote equal opportunities between men and women in the implementation of the project and aim for the best possible gender balance at all levels of staff assigned to the project, including at supervisory and managerial level.

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