Promoting gender equality in research institutions and integration of the gender dimension in research content

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by Federico Zemborain - published on , updated on

HEA (Ireland)

The Irish Research Council (IRC) is an autonomous sub-board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) that operates within the agreed policy framework of the HEA and the Ministry of Education and Skills. The IRC has its own Director and Academic Board appointed by the Ministry and its own funding stream from the Ministry. All expenditure through the IRC is subject to the standard operating procedures of the HEA. The IRC is aided in its work by administrative and IT support from the HEA. The IRC was established in 2012 through a merger of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS, established in 2000) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET, established in 2001).

The IRC forms a Board of senior academic and industrial figures and operates multi-million euro research-funding initiatives which support talented researchers in all stages of their career. The emphasis of these funding programmes is on exploratory research aimed at yielding new concepts, findings and innovations within Ireland. The IRC funds excellent researchers across all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary research and engagement with enterprise. The IRC’s initiatives are funded by the National Development Plan of Ireland under the auspices of the Department of Education & Skills. In this way the IRC is a programme manager. The IRC is further committed to facilitating the integration of Irish researchers in all disciplines within the ERA. The IRC is the national coordinator (ND & NCP) for FP7 SSH, Science in Society and the ERC for the domains of socio-economic sciences and humanities in Ireland. The IRC is a member of two ERA-Nets in HSS and four ERA-NETs in the Sciences and is a member of the ESF and Science Europe.

The IRC is developing a gender strategy to increase gender awareness and expertise among the executive staff, board members and the independent experts recruited to assess research applications. In the 2013 call for proposals, applicants are required to give careful consideration to the gender dimension which may arise in the course of their research, and are required to submit a written statement to the IRC to the effect that full consideration has been given to the gendered dimensions and implications of the research proposal. This statement must further demonstrate the applicant’s proposed resolution of the gender dimension issues arising. The HEA is a programme owner in this regard.

Tasks in GENDER-NET:
- Participant to WP1, 3 and 4

Team members:

Olive Walsh
Project Manager - IRC
Eileen Drew
External Consultant for HEA

See online : Irish Research Council’s Gender Strategy


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