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Gender Balance in Senior Positions and Research Management (BALANSE)

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A list with the project titles of all applications under processing will be published on the Research Council website.

In connection with the application review, the project summary may be forwarded to potential referees when asking whether they can assess the grant application. The project title and project summary should therefore not disclose sensitive information.


Norway is regarded around the world as a leader in gender equality. However, the proportion of women in senior academic and research management positions remains strikingly low. Although women currently comprise the majority of students and research fellows and almost half of the academic staff, this proportion drops dramatically moving upward in the position hierarchy. The proportion of women at the professor level was only slightly more than 25 per cent in 2017. The Programme on Gender Balance in Senior Positions and Research Management (BALANSE) is the Research Council’s initiative dedicated to redressing this problem.

The BALANSE programme is a policy-oriented programme whose primary objective is to enhance the gender balance in Norwegian research through new knowledge, learning and innovative measures. The programme is targeted towards research institutions and research-intensive industry, and will support research groups in their efforts to bring about cultural and structural change that promotes gender equality and gender balance.

The objective of the BALANSE programme will be achieved through three main areas of activity:

  • BALANSE projects;
  • knowledge development and new research;
  • national learning arena.

Projects with funding

At present, these projects have received funding from the BALANSE-programme. The overview provides access to summaries and other key information on all the projects under the programme. (The overview may contain information in Norwegian.)

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

Universities, university colleges, research institutes, and research-intensive trade and industry.



Overall budget:

The estimated total budget is NOK 158 million.

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