The new gender measures included in Horizon Europe evolved from the European Gender Equality Strategy (2020-2025). It presents policy objectives and actions with the aim to substantial progress towards gender equality by 2025. A Union of Equality is one of the major priorities of President Ursula von der Leyen's Commission. The Commission has taken concrete steps to address these challenges through Horizon Europe. Gender equality is now a strengthened crosscutting priority in Horizon Europe and became the important criterion on 3 different levels: the Gender Equality Plan, gender dimension, and gender balance, that need to be addressed in the Excellence Section of proposals.
1. Eligibility Criterion: Gender Equality Plan
According to the European Institute for Gender Equality, gender equality means “Equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men and girls and boys”.
Since 2022, Gender Equality Plan (GEP) is mandatory for public bodies, research organisations, or higher education institutions established in Member States or an Associated Country (private-for-profit entities incl.SMEs, NGOs, CSOs, as well any type of organisations from non-associated third countries, are exempt) that participate in Horizon Europe.
GEP should be published on the institution public website at least in one of the EU languages.
The questions about GEP will soon disappear from the Part A of the Horizon Europe proposal and will be included in the participant account (Legal Entity Appointed Representatives - LEARs). If you already have your PIC number, the LEAR of your organisation should fill this information in on your organisation profile (legal information). The self-assessment questionnaire is to be completed. This declaration is considered as an official statement. The detailed webinar "The Gender Equality Plan eligibility criterion in Horizon Europe: Who is concerned? How to comply with it?" organised by EC DG R&I on June 23, 2022 explains all steps related to how to proceed and what kind of information should we find in a GEP.
Tip: If your University has adopted a general GEP but each of your faculties use its own PIC number, they also need to have their own GEP and not the one of the University.
Tip: The monitoring of GEP is not foreseen in periodic reports but as agreed in your signed GA, you must support your GEP in the implementation of your actions. GEP is not attached to the specific project, it is linked to the institution.