Policy advice

Advancing gender equality in ERA

GENDERACTION will monitor and publish position papers on the gender dimension in European Funds for R&I (H2020 and FP9, ERDF and ESF). Work will focus on mapping national procedures and stakeholders and identifying promising practices for gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the design of European Funds for R&I. The results will be delivered to the HG and may be presented to the ERAC Steering Board, H2020 Strategic Committee and SwafS Expert Group representatives at national level.

Liaison with ERA relevant stakeholders will be aimed at:

  • mapping topics for (Competitiveness) Council conclusions 2017-2020;
  • monitoring/mapping implementation of Council Conclusions on Gender Equality directed to Member States;
  • mapping the gender equality policies of ERA  stakeholder umbrella organizations and communicate policy advice developed
  • disseminating results of the analysis of National Action Plans on ERA Roadmap Priority 4 (WP3) and task 5.2 Exploring the gender dimension of Open Science and Innovation policy and task 5.5 Policy advice on Gender in European Funds for R&I

All GENDERACTION policy advice documents on gender equality in ERA in one brochure.


    23 October 2019, Briefing paper n.13: Taking Structural Change into the Future


    9 September 2019, Briefing paper n.12: Guidlines on Criteria of Good Practice


    4 April 2019, Briefing paper n.11: The future of Gender Equality in European R & I


    8 March 2019, Briefing paper n.10: The role of Funding Agencies in the promotion of GE in R&I


     7 September 2018, Briefing paper n.9: Implementation of ERA Priority 4


     10 July 2018, Briefing paper n.5: Gender in open science


     28 March 2018, DR 3.1.: Report on National Roadmaps and Mechanisms in ERA Priority 4


Gender dimension in global STI

GENDERACTION will build new collaborations to advance gender equality in international cooperation in science, technology and innovation. In line with the Council Conclusions on advancing gender equality in the ERA, the HG and SFIC were mandated to develop joint guidelines on a gender perspective for international cooperation in STI. The joint guidelines are scheduled for dissemination throughout 2017 and early 2018.

GENDERACTION will furthermore assess current practices of integrating gender in international cooperation in STI by developing a novel methodology to assess basic procedures/instruments to mainstream gender in STI international cooperation, assess current practices in partner countries and deliver recommendations to relevant bodies in the participating countries and globally. Comparative analysis and recommendations on gender in international cooperation in STI will be published in March 2020.

The project will identify and establish contact with G&S structures at national and regional level (preferably governmental) in Africa (especially the South-Mediterranean countries included in the Western Mediterranean Forum, commonly referred to as 5+5 Dialogue), America (where the CYTED platform in the Latin American Region can facilitate the work), Asia, Oceania and other European countries. These organisations will be encouraged to join a working group aimed to identify gaps, barriers, strengths and opportunities, and to propose strategic action. The GENDERACTION Advisory Board on gender in international cooperation in STI will be instrumental in supporting this work.


     31 April 2018, DR 14, Methodological Framework to Assses Gender in Internat. Coop. in STI