Session 2: Gender differences in research proposal submission and assessment

In this session, two questions are addressed: Are there gender differences in grant application behaviour? And is there a gender bias in grant application evaluation? The authors will discuss their findings but also methodological issues related to their studies.

Presentation 1: Is there a gender gap in the submission of
research proposals?

The first presentation by Torger Möller (DZHW) summarized the state of research on grant application activity, according to which female academics submit fewer grant applications than men. The presentation will show why this conclusion is challenging and which methodological approach might be more appropriate. Using a representative sample of scientists from Germany, the application activity of men and women will be investigated to answer the question whether female academics apply less than men.


  • Torger M√∂ller

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.


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Presentation 2: Gender differences in grant allocations – an
overview of the findings.

The second presentation in this session focuses on the question whether and where gender bias occurs in the grant allocation process. The presentation is based on the results of about nine cases in six countries that were studied within the GRANteD project. It will address (i) the question of how to study gender bias, (ii) the importance of explicitly specifying selection criteria, (iii) role of indicators in such research, and (iii) the findings of the case studies. Comparing the outcomes of the different case studies shows an interesting development over time. Finally, the question is addressed what the findings imply for the research agenda on gender differences in science.


  • 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

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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Jacques Mairesse is Professor of Applied Econometrics of Research, Innovation and Productivity at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Maastrich University and Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT (Netherland). He is also a member of the GRANteD Scientific Advisory Board.

Marcela Linkova is head of the National Contact Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Science. She coordinates the Horizon Europe project GenderActionplus and is Co-Chair of the ERA Forum Subgroup on Inclusive Gender Equality. She is a member of the GRANteD Stakeholder Committee.