European Commission supports gender equality in research and innovation inter alia through the international projects funded by its framework programs for research and innovation (Horizon 2020). Here is the list of projects in progress.

Projects implementing Gender Equality Plans (GEPs)


ATHENA (2021-2025) project aims at removing barriers to the recruitment, retention, and career progression of female researchers; addressing gender imbalances in decision-making processes, and generating a cultural change needed to avoid future gender bias and discriminatory practices through the implementation of  GEPs in 6 Research Performing and 2 Research Funding organisations.

CALIPER (2020-2024) supports 7 research performing organizations and 2 research funding organizations from the STEM research and innovation field across Europe.


EQUAL4EUROPE (2020-2023) project focuses on the implementation of the gender equality plans at 6 research performing organizations in the fields of art, humanities, medicine, social science, business,  and law.


GEARING-Roles (2019-2022) involves 10 partners from 8 countries that represent a combination of industry/SMEs, academia, and research institutions including one research council.


Gender-SMART (2018-2022) is a community of 7 European research performing organizations and research funding organizations, operating in the broadly framed field of research in food, agricultural, and life sciences, supported by 2 technical partners.


CHANGE (2018-2022) project aims to support research performing organizations to design and implement gender equality plans by involving key actors, called Transfer Agents.


LeTSGEPs (2020-2023) project focuses on gender equality plans and fostering the use of gender budgeting. To design actions that will address gender bias in research performing organizations (RPOs), the project will form a network of partners with different levels of experience in Gender Equality Plans and Gender Budgeting: they will work together to design a common methodology to implement GEPs in their environment.

MINDtheGEPs (2021-2024) brings together 11 partners from European universities, research centers, and a scientific publisher united to construct gender equality plans and promote gender equality in research environments.


R&I PEERS (2018-2022) aims at creating and validating pilot experiences aiming at disrupting the gender-biased approach and those unconscious rules that limit the participation and the career of women in research and innovation in the Mediterranean Area.


RESET (2021-2024) involves seven large multidisciplinary universities from all over Europe and addresses the challenge of gender equality in research institutions with the objective to design and implement a user-centered, impact-driven, and inclusive vision of scientific excellence.



SPEAR (2019-2022) initiates institutional change in 9 European research performing organizations by implementing gender equality plans.


SUPERA (2018-2022) project aims to develop and implement 6 gender equality plans in four universities and 2 research funding organizations.


TARGET (2017-2021) initiates institutional change in 7 gender equality innovating institutions in the Mediterranean basin – including research performing organizations, research funding organizations, and a network of universities.


TARGETED-MPI (2020-2024) supports higher education and research organisations to implement gender equality plans. It focuses specifically on institutional changes in business and management (B&M) schools to drive more inclusive, sustainable, and transparent academic cultures.

Community of practice & capacity-building projects



ACT (2018-2021) seeks to advance gender equality at universities, research centers, and research funding organizations by facilitating collaboration between experienced institutions in the implementation of gender equality plans with less experienced ones.

GE ACADEMY (2019-2021) is a project developing and implementing a high-quality capacity-building program on gender equality in research, innovation, and higher education.


GENDER NET Plus (2017-2022) aims to strengthen transnational collaborations between research program owners and managers, provide support to the promotion of gender equality through institutional change and integration of sex and gender analysis into research.


GENDERACTION (2017-2021) promotes GENDer equality in the ERA Community To Innovate policy implementatiON. Its aim is to create an innovative policy community to implement gender priority in the ERA.


GenderEx (2021-2023) Gender for Excellence in Research is a project designed to build networks, exchange knowledge and engage best practices to stimulate the integration of the Sex and Gender Dimension in Research Content.



GenPORT (2013-2017; portal continues) is a community-sourced internet portal for sharing knowledge and inspiring collaborative action on gender and science.



Research projects


CASPER (2020-2021) examines the feasibility of establishing a European award/certification system for gender equality for research performing organizations.

GRANteD (2019-2023) studies the occurrence and causes of gender bias in the allocation of research grants. It also studies the consequences of gender bias in grant allocation for gender bias in the development of careers in research and innovation.


GenderSTI (2020-2023) will innovatively contribute to solving complex problems associated with the integration of the gender perspective in STI dialogues with third countries.


UniSAFE (2021-2024) has a double objective. First, to produce robust and knowledge on gender-based violence (GBV) in universities and research organisations. Second, to translate the knowledge into operational tools and recommendations for universities, research organisations, and policymakers to reduce GBV.