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Twinning Research and Innovation Institutions to Design and Implement Inclusive GEPs

Project description

Making inclusivity a reality in the world of research and innovation

In the realm of research and innovation, inclusivity remains an elusive goal, hindering progress and potential breakthroughs. Gender disparities and inclusivity gaps persist, hampering the development of an equitable R&I landscape. With this in mind, the EU-funded NEXUS project will co-design, implement, and evaluate targeted actions that bridge these inclusivity gaps within nine research organisations and their ecosystems. Overall, NEXUS takes a comprehensive approach, co-designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating innovative actions aimed at fostering inclusivity. At its core, the project focuses on developing inclusive gender equality plans (GEPs) that span intersectional and inter-sectoral dimensions. To ensure geographical inclusiveness, action will be piloted across seven Member States and two Associated Countries.


NEXUS co-designs, implements, monitors and evaluates innovative and targeted actions aimed at bridging inclusivity gaps in nine research organisations and their respective R&I ecosystems with the aim to bolster institutional change through the development of inclusive Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) in intersectional and intersectoral directions. Geographical inclusiveness is also promoted through a highly context-sensitive approach to action piloting in seven Member States and two Associated Countries covering Western, Central, Southern and Southeastern regions . The project sets up support structures to less experienced institutions to go beyond the minimum GEP requirements, as defined in the Horizon Europe eligibility criterion, through a participatory multi-stakeholder process of solution co-creation sustained by a twinning scheme and the delivery of a tailored capacity-building and training programme. NEXUS analyses how implementing partners with newly set up GEPs perform data collection, internal assessment and the planning of GEP measures with a view to identifying areas of improvement as well as potential challenges in enhancing an inclusive approach. This analysis informs the co-design and implementation of new innovative inclusive actions, underpinned by the principles of intersectionality and intersectoriality. NEXUS actions will enhance the research excellence of participating organisations as well as effecting institutional and cultural change that is context-sensitive, realistic and sustainable.


Net EU contribution
€ 163 415,00
D07 EWV4 Dublin

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Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 163 415,00

Participants (9)