Gender & Diversity Consulting for Research Proposals and Projects


Equal Opportunities in DFG Coordinated Programs and Third Party Funded Programs

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The promotion of equal opportunities and gender equality in the research system is a key objective of the DFG and must be given appropriate consideration in all funding procedures (Research Training Group, Collaborative Research Centre, Priority Programme and Research Unit, Cluster of Excellence). Equal opportunities, gender equality and the consideration of gender and diversity aspects in research is also a priority in EU research policy. Therefore, the Gender & Diversity Consulting service offers comprehensive support to applicants and funding recipients of RWTH Aachen University in the areas of application and evaluation of the research projects, during the duration of the programs as well as for follow-up applications. 



Dr. Daniela Wilmes


+49 (0)241 8090635



Offers, service and cooperation

RWTH's Gender consulting service after a personal consultation includes the following:

  • Current information on gender and diversity as well as on the compatibility of family and scientific work at RWTH (concepts, strategies, measures, services, awards)
  • Information on the use of existing services within the research project
  • Development of target figures in accordance with the cascade model
  • Conception of research alliance-specific equal opportunities measures
  • Notes on the use of gender-sensitive language in the proposal text
  • Draft of inter-university measures in cooperation with the responsible persons at the partner universities
  • Advice and support in the implementation of equal opportunities measures
  • Advice on implementing a gender-sensitive research design and establishing contact with persons with relevant expertise
  • Preparation of and attendance at review procedures


The IGaD cooperates closely with the Central University Administration, especially with

In addition, IGaD is in close exchange with the Family Services Center of RWTH's Equal Opportunity Office.
Furthermore we are member of the federal Network GenderConsulting in Research Associations.


EU proposals: Gender Equality Plan for Horizon Europe required

Gender Equality Plans (GEP) will be a funding criterion of the Framework Program for Research and Innovation "Horizon Europe" 2021-2027. When applying from 2022 onwards, applicant public institutions, research organizations and universities must have a GEP or an equivalent strategy in order to be eligible for funding.

Information on the GEP of RWTH Aachen University can be found on the following RWTH website.


Gender Equality in EU Research

On the topic of "Gender Equality in EU Research", the EU project GENDERACTION has published three short information videos:

The role of funding agencies in the promotion of gender equality in research and innovation

Gender equality policies in European research: Good practice criteria

Why we need gender equality actions?

Information on gender and equal opportunities in the EU research framework programs is provided by the contact point FiF (Women into EU Research). The offer includes:

  • workshops, lectures and advice for interested and applying female scientists
  • information, analyses and statistics on women's participation in the EU
  • advice for all applicants on the integration of the (content-related) gender dimension in EU projects
  • as well as a newsletter