The EC has published a call to support Research Performing Organisations (RPO) and Research Funding Organisations (RFO) to implement structural changes with regards to gender equality through the definition and implementation of Gender Equality Plans (SwafS 3-2017: “Support to research organizations to implement gender equality plans”).
Cirad has decided to take hold of this opportunity and would like to progress on this important gender issue together with its European partners in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD). We are therefore reaching out to Agrinatura members to seek their interest to join this endeavor. Ideally, we are seeking for 2 RPO and 2 RFO to join the consortium Cirad intends to lead. Indeed, ideally we wish to set up a consortium composed of 3 RPOs and 3 RFOs representing 3 different member states.
For France, this would be Cirad as RPO and Agropolis Foundation as RFO.
Taking into account the EC requirement for a geographical balanced repartition of funds (e.g. previously EC funded institutional projects), we especially would be interested to partner with Agrinatura members and their respective RFOs from the following countries: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; Germany; Hungary; Ireland; Netherlands; Portugal; Sweden. Of course, Agrinatura members based in other countries should also let us know if they are interested by this project. We are also seeking in ways to exchange on practical cases and share project results with entities beyond the consortium members.
Please note that there are strict eligibility criteria imposed by the EC (e.g. not having yet a Gender Equality Plan). The attached document describes these in detail, together with the procedure for application (Expression of Interest and Letter of Intent).
In order to go forward with this proposal, we would like to receive confirmation of your interest – highlighting the fulfillment of the eligibility criteria – before December 14th, and of your Expression of Interest and Letter of Intent documents by January 16th!!!
If you need further information do not hesitate to contact Cindy van Hyfte firstname.lastname@example.org
More info here: project-outline H2020