As from 2018, the Swedish Research Council received a new task in our directive from the Government, saying we shall encourage inclusion of sex and gender perspectives in the research we fund, when applicable.
This is part of the Government’s work to promote gender equality, but also aims to promote the quality of research and its future benefit. It concerns including both social and biological aspects of gender in the methods, analyses and results of research – when this is relevant.
How sex and gender perspectives are managed in the research, when relevant, will form part of the assessment of scientific quality in the applications submitted to us. We see this as part of the work to strengthen the quality and innovation of research.
How grant applicants are affected
During 2019, we focus especially on applications within
- clinical therapy research
- medicine and health
- educational sciences.
In the application, we ask you to describe whether sex and gender perspectives are relevant for your research and, if so, in which way you will use such perspectives, or why you choose not to do so. You can find full instructions in the call texts.
The plan is that as from 2020, all who apply for a grant from us shall describe whether sex and gender perspectives are relevant in the planned research.
What are sex and gender perspectives?
Sex describes the division into categories based on biological characteristics, usually women and men, girls and boys, male and female animals.
Gender describes, in simple terms, the social and cultural processes that construct perceptions of sex and has implications for both structures of society and the gender identity of individuals.
To include sex and gender perspectives in research can concern anything from including and analysing both women and men in the study material (sex perspective) to applying a problematising and reflecting attitude to how gender affiliations are created and understood (gender perspective).
Note! Sex and gender perspectives in research content should not be confused with gender distribution in research teams or gender equality in assessing research applications.
National Institutes of Health:
- How sex and gender influence health and disease – ämnen A-Z
- How sex and gender influence health and disease – Infographics
- Methods and techniques for integrating sex into research