In the final session of the GRANteD conference we will continue the discussion about gender disparities and bias in research funding but broaden the view also to the topic of research careers and applications for research grants. It addresses research questions such as are there gender differences in research career trajectories? How do research grants shape careers of women and men? And are there gender disparities in the population of research grant applicants? The title of session 3 is therefore “Grants and Research Careers” and will explore the complex interplay of gender, grants and research careers through three different presentations. These presentations build on different datasets and methodological approaches and will provide food for discussions and reflections about gender equality in research and research funding.
Presentation 1: A tale of two paths: Gender-based academic
trajectories – An event history analysis.
The first presentation in this session by Peter van den Besselaar, Charlie Mom (both TMC) and Torger Möller (DZHW) is about gender-based academic trajectories. Using a cohort (2000-2006) of Dutch PhD graduates from a single university and an event history analysis, the question is addressed what factors are affecting the academic career. The result shows significant differences in the career paths of women and men. There are differences (i) in the frequency of leaving the science system, (ii) in becoming full professor, and (iii) in the criteria applied in the selection procedure.
Torger Möller is a senior researcher at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW, Berlin). He received his PhD in Sociology at the Institute of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Bielefeld and has worked at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, and the Free University Berlin.
Peter van den Besselaar
Peter van den Besselaar is professor em. at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and research director at TMC Amsterdam. Previously, he worked at the University of Amsterdam and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Rathenau Institute). He has published extensively about research funding, research evaluation, and the organization and dynamics of science. One of his research teams is gender differences in research grant allocation.
Charlie Mom is researcher at TMC Research, where he worked over the last few years on the Granted Project. Before joining TMC, he was a light engineer and designed and produced light shows.
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Presentation 2: Gender disparities and self-selection among
research funding applicants.
The session is concluded by a presentation of Florian Holzinger and Lisa Schön (both Joanneum Research). This presentation builds on the data collected through the GRANteD applicant survey, implemented among applicants of five Research Funding Organisations in Europe. It investigates whether the responding group of research grant applicants is marked by gender disparities in relation to the following six dimensions: career support; care responsibilities; past performance; engagement in academic housework; self-confidence and sense of belonging; as well as the effects of COVID-19. The results point into the direction of a selfselection hypothesis.
Florian Holzinger studied Political Science, Philosophy and Contemporary History at Vienna University and works as a senior scientist and project manager at POLICIES – JOANNEUM RESEARCH. The focus of his research is currently on gender equality in science, technology and innovation – especially on issues of structural/organizational change and gender disparities in research funding.
Lisa Schön studied first at the Vienna University of Economics with a focus on Socioeconomics and then did her Master’s degree in Political and Empirical Economics at the University of Graz. She is a researcher at POLICIES – JOANNEUM RESEARCH, where her main areas of work are gender equality and higher education policy, focusing on statistical data analysis. She is also responsible for programming and carrying out large-scale online-surveys.
Monica Gaughan is a professor for sociology at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University (ASU) in the US. She is a member of the GRANteD Scientific Advisory Board.
Vinciane Gaillard is deputy Director for Research and Innovation at the European University Association (EUA) and member of the GRANteD Stakeholder Committee.