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First funding announcement under the BALANSE initiative:

Research Council funding to encourage more women in research management

The Research Council of Norway is announcing the first call for proposals under its new Initiative on Gender Balance in Senior Positions and Research Management (BALANSE). The objective of the initiative is to ensure greater recruitment of women to top-level positions in academia and research management.

“Research institutions and research-intensive industry may apply for funding under the BALANSE initiative for activities to recruit more women to top-level positions in academia and research management,” explains Professor Knut Liestøl, chair of the programme board for the BALANSE initiative.

BALANSE Research institutions and research-intensive industry may apply for funding under the BALANSE initiative for activities to recruit more women to top-level positions in academia and research management.

NOK 15 million for new projects

Nearly three years have passed since the Research Council began efforts to launch the initiative. The initial call for proposals is now being issued with funds from the Ministry of Education and Research. The budget framework for the call is NOK 15 million and the deadline for proposals is 29 May.

“To start off with, we are specifically looking for projects that will lead to new instruments in the efforts to achieve better gender balance in academia,” Professor Liestøl points out.

“We are looking to compile broad-based, general knowledge on which gender-equality projects work and which do not. So we are starting out without any limitations as to which subject fields are eligible for funding,” he states.

Liestøl We are specifically looking for projects that will lead to new instruments in the efforts to achieve better gender balance in academia, says Professor Knut Liestøl, chair of the programme board for the BALANSE initiative. The pace of progress has been too slow

“Norway has come a long way in terms of the proportion of women pursuing higher education. However, it is taking longer to achieve a corresponding rise in the number of women in the national research system. At all different job position levels, we see that there are still more men than women moving up rungs of the career ladder.”

“It is still more likely for male graduate students to establish a career as a researcher than it is for female graduate students. The BALANSE initiative is intended to change this picture. More research is needed to determine the real underlying causes. It will take more to answer this question than merely studying the statistics,” Dr Liestøl emphasises.
 

Written by:
Ragnhild Fjellro/Else Lie. Translation: Glenn Wells/Carol B. Eckmann
Published:
08.03.2013
Last updated:
07.05.2013