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Title: Targets for women award holders and positive action1)
Field(s) of Action: * Presence and Visibility
Objectives:* To increase the number of female applicants
* One of the objectives of the Science Foundation Ireland Gender Strategy 2016-20202) is to achieve a target of 30% women award holders by 2020, against a benchmark of 21% in 2015. Several measures are envisaged in the strategy; however, in 2015 the Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIR G) Award Programme incorporated a gender initiative, ensuring that half of eligible applicants are women.
Target Group(s): Female candidates
Description: This gender initiative led to an increase in the number of women applicants from 27% in 2013 to 47% in 2015. As a result of the usual peer-review process, of the 20 proposals awarded in 2015, 55% of awardees were women, compared to only 27% in 2013. Additionally, SFI continues to allow extended eligibility timeframes for applicants who undertook career breaks, and also annually publishes gender-disaggregated data on funded award holders and research team members which inform redressing actions.
More information:Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) (Ireland)
Science Europe (2017): Practical Guide to Improving Gender Equality in Research Organizations; online available at:

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