IRC: Gender Strategy & Action Plan 2013-2020

Ensuring excellence and maximising creativity and innovation in Irish research

“We want to see our funded researchers consider whether gender is a variable relevant to their research and, if it is, how they should respond.  We can assist them by informing them of international best practice in this area.  This will not only increase the potential impact of the research, but it will also improve the ability of Irish-based researchers to compete in international schemes where consideration of gender is increasingly a factor.”

Prof. Orla Feely, Chair of the Irish Research Council, at the launch of the IRC Gender Strategy & Action Plan 2013-2020

Click here to view the Irish Research Council Gender Strategy & Action Plan 2013-20.

IRC: Partners in GENDER-NET

The IRC are partners in GENDER-NET, a pilot transnational research policy initiative funded by the European Commission under the Science in Society work programme of the seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project is designed to address the common challenges still facing European research institutions in achieving gender equality in research and innovation.

The three-year GENDER-NET project brings together 12 partners from 11 countries in Europe and North America, sharing a commitment to the promotion of gender equality in research institutions and/or to improving the integration of the gender dimension in research contents and programmes.

Despite increasing numbers of solid indicators, extensive research, policy initiatives and wide awareness-raising on the issues linked to gender and science, the European Research Area (ERA) still faces structural obstacles within its research institutions. This prevents the ERA from reaching its objectives of the full participation of women in research and innovation at all levels (more than 50% of PhD graduates are women, but less than 20% of women are in Grade A positions) and of integrating the gender dimension in research contents and programmes.

By providing a strategic networking and cooperation framework for national/regional actors developing and implementing public research programmes and policies, the GENDER-NET ERA-NET scheme aims to:

Engaging EU Member states and Associated countries into globally modernising their institutions through structural change, by developing and implementing gender equality plans or equivalent initiatives, and consequently improving the recruitment and career paths of female scientists as well as the working conditions of both women and men;

Ensuring scientific excellence, stimulating new knowledge and leading to technological innovations, by improving the integration of sex and gender analysis into all phases of basic and applied research;

Supporting coherent monitoring and reporting of progress made with common indicators to assess achievements;

Reducing fragmentation across the ERA by helping reach a critical mass of research organisations and universities across Europe.

More information on GENDER-NET can be found here:


Useful Resources

Gendered Innovations

The Gendered Innovations project develops practical methods of sex and gender analysis for scientists and engineers and provides case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex and gender analysis leads to innovation. Case studies can be found here:


Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Gender

Activity Report:  For a better integration of the gender dimension in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017


European Commission, Research & Innovation, Science with and for Society

e-library of gender equality publications: