Project number741128
Identification of ProgrammeHorizon2020
Type of ActionCSA (Coordination and support action)
Duration48 months (May 1st 2017 – April 30th 2021)
EU contribution for TACR154 750 €
EU Reimbursement rate100%
Total Project Number2 025 492 €
Call H2020-SwafS-2016-17 (Science with and for Society)

The project summary:

GEECCO aims to establish tailor-made Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) in 4 European research performing organizations and to implement the gender dimension in 2 research funding organizations (funding schemes, programmes and review processes). All participating research performing organizations are located in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field, where gender equality is still a serious problem and whose innovations are increasingly important in the knowledge-based economies. It is thus a question of excellence, competitiveness and justice to achieve gender equity within STEM-institutions, including policy and decision making bodies. Concerning the gender dimension in research programmes, research funding organizations are the key to substantial changes and thus a crucial part of the aspired transformation. GEECCO will pursue the following objectives in order to enhance systemic institutional change towards gender equality in the STEM-field:
(i) Setting up change framework and a tailor-made GEP for each participating research performing organization;
(ii) Implementing gender criteria in the activities of research funding organizations;
(iii) Setting up a self-reflective learning environment in and between all research performing organizations and research funding organizations to participate from existing experiences and match them with their specific needs and circumstances.
(iv) Evaluate GEP implementation within the participating research performing organizations and research funding organizations with a quantitative evaluation using monitoring indicators and a qualitative monitoring to enhance and fine-tune implemented actions over the course of the project.

GEECCO will develop the “GEECCO Experience: Dos and Don’ts while Degenderizing the STEM Field”, a guideline for research performing organizations and research funding organizations in the STEM field how to promote gender equality in the STEM field and intends to participate in standardization processes at EU level to measure “gender balance performance” of research performing organizations and research funding organizations.

Work packages:

Project activities are devided into 10 work packages.
WP1: Ethics requirements
WP2: Coordination and Project Management
WP3: Initial phase: Setting up a tailor-made GEP-implementing change framework for each participating RPO
WP4: Implementing GEPs: Focusing on decision making processes and bodies
WP5: Implementing GEPs: Focusing on recruitment, career development of female researchers and female staff members
WP6: Implementing GEPs: Focusing on the gender dimension in research and teaching
WP7: Implementing gender equality in research funding organizations
WP8: Support, training and facilitation
WP9: Lessons learnt and dissemination, communication and exploitation
WP10: Monitoring and evaluation

Participating organisations:

  1. Technische Universität Wien (TUW), Austria – coordinator
  2. Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (UNIRC), Italy
  3. Politechnika Krakowska (PK), Poland
  4. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain
  5. Technologická agentura České Republiky (TA ČR), Czech Republic
  6. Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (WWTF), Austria
  7. Yellow Window, Belgium
  8. Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz (B-NK GmbH), Austria
  9. Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (GESIS), Germany

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 741128.