Horizon 2020

Funding Scheme

CSA – Coordination & Support Action

Project Number


Starting Date

1 June 2016


36 Months




Gender Equality Plans for Information Sciences and Technology Research Institutions

Project Description

EQUAL-IST aimed at introducing structural changes to enhance gender equality within Information Systems and Technology Research institutions, which have been demonstrated to be among the research sectors most affected by gender inequalities at all levels. The project supported seven RPOs from Northern, Southern and Central European countries plus a CSI country, in developing and implementing Gender Equality Action Plans.

By setting up a dedicated, crowdsourcing, online, collaborative platform the project supported both the initial internal assessment of the RPOs and the GEPs design process. EQUAL-IST toolkits and guidelines, lessons learned and used methodologies have been disseminated broadly in Europe and other CSI countries with a communication strategy focused on IST Research Institutions and RFOs and through collaboration with the EURAXESS network, in order to support ERA objectives in relation to gender equality in research.

ViLabs Contribution

We were the project coordinator and led the exploitation and impact assessment activities, supporting the maximisation of the impact on gender balance in research. The key outcome that we sustain beyond the project end is the Crowdsourcing platform created within the context of EQUAL-IST.

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