A gender neutral process?

A qualitative study of the evaluation of research grant applications 2014

The Swedish Research Council’s gender equality observations aim to investigate the Council’s evaluation process from a gender equality perspective and to identify particular points where improvements can be made. In this report the authors shed light on the various elements of the process and follow up its development since the previous observation study.

An overall conclusion from the observations is that when various informal structures or unstated assessment criteria influence the process, this has an adverse effect on gender equality. To minimise the impact of these, the authors propose a greater formalisation of the process.

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