In Horizon 2020 Gender is a cross-cutting issue and is mainstreamed in each of the different parts of the framework programme, ensuring a more integrated approach to research and innovation.

Three objectives underpin the strategy on Gender equality in Horizon 2020:

  • Fostering gender balance in research teams, in order to close the gaps in the participation of women.
  • Ensuring gender balance in decision-making
  • Integrating the gender dimension in research and innovation

The Science with and for Society Work Programme funds specific initiatives in support of the gender equality strategy. Support is given to Research Performing Organisations (RPO) and Research Funding Organisations (RFO) in order to:

  • remove barriers that generate discrimination against women in scientific careers and decision-making (supporting research organisations to implement gender equality plans), and
  • integrate a gender dimension in research content.

Funding is also provided to the development of a common framework to evaluate national initiatives promoting gender equality in research policy. A dedicated campaign aims at encouraging girls to study science and female students to further embrace a career in research. Research will be funded to analyse the impact of gender diversity in research teams on research and innovation performance.

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.

Good practice examples of promoting gender equality in science and innovation:

Science: It's a Girl Thing! is an initiative of the European Commission, promoting involvement of girls and women in research.

GenPORT is an online community of organisations and individuals working across the globe for gender equality and excellence in all fields of science and innovation.