PublISHED ON 30 April 2018

UpDATED ON 01 June 2018

Equal opportunities – gender equality in research

All applications submitted to the Swedish Research Council shall be evaluated objectively and therefore on a gender-neutral basis. We work to counteract discrimination in various ways. We also follow up the development of gender equality at Swedish higher education institutions.

The Swedish Research Council regards gender equality in research as a quality issue. We want to support the best researchers – irrespective of gender. In terms of the gender distribution in different areas, we strive to ensure women and men apply for our funding in equal measure, and also that the outcome of the evaluation is gender equal. It is also important that women and men get the same average amount of research funding.

The Swedish Research Council's gender equality strategyPDF (pdf, 393.3 kB)

Gender equality perspective in the evaluation

When evaluating applications, our principle is to maintain an even proportion of women and men participating as reviewers, with a minimum of 40 per cent of each gender. All applications shall be evaluated objectively and therefore on a gender-neutral basis. That is why we inform all the members of the review panels, scientific councils, councils and committees about our gender equality objectives and how we are working to achieve them.

We follow up by observing how gender equality in the evaluation of applications works in practice, and then develop our work based on that. The gender observations form a report that we publish here on the website (see link to the right).

Analysis and follow-up of gender equality

The gender equality perspective shall permeate everything we do. It is applied in our official comments and forms the basis for our decisions and analyses. It is also applied in our seminars and conferences, which must be equal, inclusive and non-normative. When evaluating different research investments, we strive to have as many women as men on the expert panels.

We do not only follow up our own activities, but also the development of gender equality among researchers at Swedish higher education institutions.

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