NordForsk and the new programme were presented at the Gender Summit in Berlin 7 November 2015 by NordForsk Chair, Professor Marja Makarow.
New Nordic research programme on gender balance in the offing
There are too few women in the highest positions in research – and this has ramifications for both the quality and diversity of the sector. Research and innovation are dependent on the most talented researchers. Diversity among researchers lays the foundation for different perspectives and has a proven positive impact on the quality and relevance of research activities.
The Nordic countries are widely known for their focus on gender balance and equal opportunity. Yet there is a persistent gender imbalance in top-level scientific positions in the research community despite a high percentage of women in lower-level researcher jobs. This indicates that it will take more than formal rights alone to ensure gender balance.
To this end, NordForsk together with Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have launched the programme Solving the Nordic Gender Paradox: Gender Gaps in the Nordic Research and Innovation Area. The objective is to find tangible measures that can be used to overcome the problem of gender imbalance in the research sector.
The research programme will issue a call for proposals in early January 2016 and will aim to fund one to two Nordic Centres of Excellence (NCoE). The application deadline will be 27 April 2016, and a maximum of NOK 25 million in funding may be sought. The main applicant must be a researcher from the participating countries, i.e. Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and projects must incorporate cooperation between a minimum of three Nordic countries.
Text: Linn Hoff Jensen
Photo: Anne Riiser