Considering and reflecting Sex, Gender & Diversity Dimensions in Research
Since the DFG Senate's statement "Relevance of Sex, Gender and Diversity" of April 2020, the DFG requires that you reflect on your research design and content with regard to the consideration of gender and diversity aspects already in the research proposal. This is the only way to prevent gaps in the research results. The chapter "Relevance of gender and/or diversity" has now been included in all proposal templates.
Research and product development are often based on one-sided normative standards. Variables such as sex and/or gender, social and/or ethnic affiliation, physical and/or psychological constitution, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or worldview, age, etc. often do not find adequate consideration in research designs and content.
This produces data and knowledge gaps that falsify research results, promote discrimination (e.g. sensors that only recognize light skin colors) and thus bias ways of thinking and decision-making, and - under certain circumstances - even pose a risk to life and limb of those who do not conform to the prototype (e.g. crash test dummies that are oriented towards the male physique).
In the sense of generally valid, transferable and sustainable research, scientists are therefore called upon to actively avoid or correct such biases in research.
- Statement "Sex, Gender and Diversity" of the DFG Senate of April 23, 2020 (only in GER) (pdf: 81 kb)
- DFG - Overview on the "Relevance of Gender and Diversity for Science and Research"
VIDEO European Commission (2018): The Gender Dimension in Research
Traditionally, science has always considered the male as the norm and built its results accordingly. But recent studies have shown that gender and sex can actually influence research results. This video explains how applicants to MSCA grants and H2020 projects can improve the quality of their research by addressing sex and gender in their proposal.
- European Commission 2021: The Path towards Gender Equality in Research and Innovation (pdf: 6988 kb)
Additional Information on adressing Gender and Diversity Dimensions in different Research Areas.
- Project "Gendered Innovations in Science, Health and Medicine, Engineering, and Environment", Stanford University
- IGAR Tool: Recommendations for Integrating Gender Analysis into Research
- gencat - Tool to incorporate the Perspective of Sex and Gender in Health Research
VIDEO - IDEA League (2022): Gendered and Inclusive Research and Innovation
Gendered and inclusive research and innovation concern everyone. Have a look at a few examples of how the IDEA League combines strengths to systematically implement gendered and inclusive research in technological disciplines.
EU-Project GENDERACTION - Webinar: Gender Dimension in Research
Video of the webinar on gender in research content organised by GENDERACTION on 1st of June 2021.