A new prize that recognises academic and research organisations that have achieved outstanding results in the implementation of gender equality measures was launched on 14 July by the EU Commission.
This new Prize scheme intends to advance inclusive gender equality plans and policies in the framework of the new European Research Area (ERA). It will complement and boost the requirement to have Gender Equality Plans (GEP) as an eligibility criterion for higher education and research organisations applying to Horizon Europe.
Applications are open to higher education establishments and research organisations from EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon Europe until 13 October 2022.
There are three prize categories:
- Sustainable Gender Equality Champions: Organisations that can demonstrate a significant and sustained record of activity and a high level of achievement through the implementation of their GEP
- Newcomer Gender Equality Champions: Organisations that have recently started implementing a GEP and can demonstrate the most progress in its implementation and achieved results
- Inclusive Gender Equality Champions: Organisations that have developed the most innovative inclusive GEP addressing intersections with other social categories such as ethnicity, social origin, sexual orientation and gender identity (LGBTI+) or disability
Candidates can only apply to one of these three categories. Each winner will be awarded with EUR 100.000.