Consortium wins € 3 million EU grant to address gender inequality in research.
A consortium including Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) has won a 3 million European Union grant to work on removing barriers to the recruitment, retention, and career progression of female researchers. EUR Central, Erasmus Centre for Women in Organisations (ECWO) and EUR's Diversity and Inclusion Office (D&I@EUR) are responsible for EUR's contribution to EQUAL4EUROPE.
The President of EUR, Kristel Baele has signed this significant EU grant stating that: "Developing and implementing impartial impact assessment protocols is entirely consistent with EUR's new strategic plan for 2019-2024. Furthermore, it ensures that EUR continues to have a positive impact on important societal challenges."
EQUAL4EUROPE comprises of eight institutions who will look to develop tools and best practices for institutions to address gender imbalances in decision-making processes; and better integrate gender themes into research and innovation content. This is in addition to its primary aim of removing barriers to the recruitment, retention, and career progression of female researchers.
The initiator of the grant proposal, Prof. Dianne Bevelander, executive director of ECWO, states: "This grant fits perfectly with the core mission of ECWO and its commitment to applied research, education, and advocacy aimed at creating more gender-equitable and inclusive organisations and societies."
These sentiments are echoed by EUR's chief diversity officer, Prof. Semiha Denktaş, who sees EQUAL4EUROPE as “an important opportunity for EUR to create evidence-based Gender Equality Plans that engender actual change and thus amplify the day-to-day impact of ECWO and D&I@EUR within our institution and beyond.”