Integrating the gender dimension in research and innovation content is one of the three objectives of gender equality in Horizon 2020. It concerns all parts of Horizon 2020 and many steps of the R&I cycle, ranging from disclosing the sex of cells in experiments to considering the needs of women and men as end-users of technological innovations.
The quality and accountability of research is affected when the gender dimension is not taken into account. The gender dimension is part and parcel of research excellence. It enhances the societal relevance of the produced knowledge, technologies and innovations. It also contributes to the production of goods and services better suited to potential markets. To support this process, it is essential to devote resources to the gender aspects of research.