Through activities focused on gender equality, we at the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic strive to remove barriers that restrict the assertion of human talent and abilities in the field of research, development and innovation. At the same time, our goal is to support research projects that – in addition to economic or environmental impacts – also ask themselves questions about their social relevance. We strive to ensure that publicly funded research and innovation also address the issues of diversity, inclusion or social justice of research impacts, thus having a positive impact on society as a whole – men, women or other groups. Through our activities in these areas, we join leading European agencies and participate in harmonizing the conditions for providing support in the European Research Area.
Chairman of the TA CR Board
“The Czech innovation ecosystem must be able to use all available talents – men as well as women. Therefore, TA CR has been for several years actively promoting the attainment of equal opportunities in the provision of funding.”
Member of the TA CR Board
“Activities aiming to equalize opportunities for men and women in research should be an integral part of funding providers’ policies.”
Director of the TA CR Office
“TA CR supports research from public sources, that is from the funds of all of us – men and women. The supported research and innovation also have an impact on all of us. It is therefore important to be able to reflect the gender dimension in research or innovation and to strive to ensure that research and innovation increase to the same extent the quality of life for both men and women.”
Táňa Hálová Perglová
TA CR Section Director
and Deputy Director of
the TA CR Office
“Parenting must be seen as a natural part of the researchers’ lives. That is why in TA CR we have long supported the culture of equal opportunities and care of human resources – both with our clients and within our own organization.”
HOW DO WE PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY?
THE PROCESS OF PROJECT PROPOSAL EVALUATION
We endeavour to eliminate unconscious biases in the evaluation process. We strive for a more balanced representation of women and men in the evaluation bodies, so that the perspectives and expertise of all relevant female and male experts are reflected in decisions on the funding of research projects.
PROMOTION OF EQUALITY WITHIN ORGANISATION
We evaluate positively those project proposals where organizations applying for funding demonstrate an advanced level of care for human capacity and gender equality. We ourselves aspire to receive the HR Excellence in Research Award for funding providers. We use the Logib tool to measure gender differences
in the remuneration of TA CR employees.
We participate in the GEECCO project (Horizon 2020), in which we focus on the mapping of possible tools of providers to support gender equality in research and the practical implementation of selected measures. Together with other European providers, we are part of the GENDER-NET PLUS ERA-NET Cofund project, in which we have announced a joint call for projects applying a gender dimension in research
and we participate in other activities
promoting gender equality.
Most of our activities for promoting gender equality have been realized thanks to the project GEECCO
(2017-2021) funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.
For more information about the project, please see the project´s website: http://www.geecco-project.eu/home/
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 741128.