We contribute to advancing gender equality in the European Research Area through capacity building, policy exchange and coordination, and provision of strategic policy advice.


News about GE in R&I from Slovakia

On the 9th of May 2023 – Europe Day, Marcela Linková delivered a keynote presentation at the Fair Academy conference, organised by the Slovak Centre for Scientific and Technical Information and Žijem vedu (We live science) organisation in Bratislava. Marcela informed about key developments in EU gender equality policies for research and innovation (including project actions of GENDERACTION(plus) as well as about the Czech Center for Gender & Science as an inspiration for a possible model in Slovakia. “It was a great opportunity to connect Czech and Slovak actions and to compare the progress achieved. We must continue to work closer together again! Thank you, Marcela, ” adds Alexandra Bitušíková from Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica and our GENDERACTIONplus colleague who has long been working to advance gender equality in R&I in Slovakia. The key topics for further discussion included gender-based violence in academia; the use of inclusive gender-sensitive language;...

WP4: Benchmarking data visualisation

In the autumn of 2022, WP4 (Gender dimension in R&I) implemented a benchmarking survey that focused, among other things, on initiatives to promote sex/gender analysis among research funding organizations. To learn more about the benchmarking report, follow this link (available soon). The most important findings include: See the detailed quantitative information provided by RFOs in the dashboard below.

Consortium meeting and MLW on Intersectionality

Between 22 and 24 May, GENDERACTIONplus consortium met in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the work ahead and learn more about intersectionality and what it means at the research and innovation policy level. More than fifty representatives of beneficiaries and associates partners engaged in lively discussions that moved us forward in understanding the issues we face and clarifying mutual expectations. The event took place on the premises of our partner Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF). On 22 May the two communities of practice, one of RFOs and the other of national authorities, meet to discuss the upcoming work and priority topics. On 23 April, after the opening speeches of Roberta Schaller-Steidl from the hosting BMBWF and the project coordinator Marcela Linková, the meeting participants were updated by Heidi Holt Zachariassen (Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research) and Fredrik Bondestam (University of Gothenburg) on the results...

Webinar: Gender Dimension in Research and Innovation (GiRI)

The webinar held online on the 26th of April 2023 was designed for RFO CoP members, but all other GENDERACTIONplus partners were welcome to participate. Members of the policy CoP learned about the challenges of RFOs and become aware of potential support measures.  For years now, the Commission has requested that beneficiaries integrate the sex and gender dimension into research content and innovation (GiRI) in order to increase scientific excellence and innovation. GiRI has become of increasing relevance since it was included as a recommended thematic area in the Gender Equality Plans mandatory for Horizon Europe funding.  By taking gender (and other social dimensions like age, disabilities, ethnical background etc) into account in the production of knowledge and innovation (in research questions, data collection and analysis, prototypes etc) research funding outcomes will be more useful and beneficial to all members of society.  The main aim of this webinar was to...

Our objectives


Develop strategic policy advice on existing and emerging policy solutions in the five key thematic areas in the two Communities of Practice.


Enhance the policymaking process through engaging with stakeholders, CSOs and citizens, as relevant, in the five key areas.


Build capacities, competence and expertise for gender equality and mainstreaming in R&I among the policy and Research Funding Organisation Communities of Practice members, with special attention to countries with a less comprehensive policy.


Create impact through communication, dissemination and exploitation, including National Impact Plans and an EU impact plan.

Data dashboard

National action plans in Europe

comprehensive and consistent
focused without implementation
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Intersectionality and inclusiveness

We wil explore the use of terminology, existing policies and practices on intersectionality, diversity and inclusiveness in research and innovation in the ERA, and ensure that the gender+ perspective is mainstreamed into GENDERACTIONplus topics.

We aim at policy coordination and capacity building on gender-based violence and sexual harassment in Research Funding Organisations, Research Performing Organisations and national authorities, through policy benchmarking and targeted mutual learning and development of strategic policy advice.

Gender-based violence

Gender dimension in R&I

We will enhance policy coordination across the EU Member States and Associated Countries to advance the gender dimension in research and innovation from an intersectional perspective through the whole cycle of research and innovation funding.

We will provide indicators for monitoring the implementation of inclusive gender equality policies at the national level. Presented through a dashboard on the project website, indicators will be advanced, and will complement the ERA scoreboard and the ERA monitoring.

Monitoring and evaluation of GE actions

Promoting institutional change

We will develop a system for monitoring and evaluating the implementation and impact of Gender Equality Plans in order to support institutional change as the main instrument to promote inclusive gender equality in the new ERA.


  • Policy mapping and benchmarking
  • Strategic policy advice
  • Mutual learning and capacity building
  • ERA stakeholder and citizen engagement