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Gendered Innovations 2 | How inclusive analysis contributes to research and innovation

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EC policy report “Gendered Innovations 2: How inclusive analysis contributes to research and innovation” developed by the Expert Group on Gendered Innovations put in place by the European Commission. November 2020.

The policy report provides researchers and innovators with methodological tools for sex, gender and intersectional analysis. It also presents concrete case studies, showcasing projects funded under Horizon 2020 and addressing key research and innovation areas for Horizon Europe clusters, missions and partnerships. These include areas such as health, artificial intelligence and robotics, energy, transport, marine science and climate change, urban planning, agriculture, fair taxation and venture funding, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Integrating sex and gender analysis into research and innovation (R&I) adds value to research and is therefore crucial to secure Europe’s leadership in science and technology, and to support its inclusive growth.

The strengthening of the integration of the gender dimension into R&I is one of the gender equality priorities set for Horizon Europe. The gender dimension cuts across all aspects of Horizon Europe and contributes to numerous steps in the R&I cycle, ranging from disclosing the sex of cells in experiments to considering the needs of women, men and genderdiverse individuals as end-users of technological innovations.

Integrating sex and/or gender analysis into research and innovation:

  • adds value to research in terms of excellence, creativity and business opportunities;
  • helps researchers and innovators question gender norms and stereotypes, and rethink standards and reference models;
  • leads to an in-depth understanding of diverse gender needs, behaviours and attitudes;
  • addresses the diverse needs of citizens of the European Union and thereby enhances the societal relevance of the knowledge, technologies and innovations produced;
  • contributes to the production of goods and services better suited to new markets.

This policy report presents the output of the work carried out by the Gendered Innovations 2 Expert Group. The case studies, terms, methods and policy recommendations presented here address the global challenges, targeted impacts and key R&I orientations of the six clusters of Horizon Europe’s Pillar II, as well as mission areas and foreseen European partnerships. These materials also provide guidance for future Horizon Europe work programmes and, in so doing, seek to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Case studies presented here are interdisciplinary by nature and often fall under several Horizon Europe cluster areas, thus illustrating the broad applicability of sex and gender analysis.

The 15 case studies provide concrete examples of how sex and/or gender analysis can lead to new insights, discovery and innovation – and, in a number of cases, how taking into account other social categories intersecting with sex and gender such as ethnicity or age can do so4.



Executive Summary

1. List of Case Studies

2. Terms

  • Sex
  • Gender
  • Intersectionality

3. List of methods

4. Abstracts of the 15 case studies

  • Health
  • Climate change, energy and agriculture
  • Urban planning, transport
  • Information and communication technology (artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics)
  • Finance, taxation and economic
  • Ad hoc case study: coronavirus

5. Policy recommendations for Horizon Europe 
6. Members of the expert group


Annex A – Fifteen full case studies

  • Health
  • Climate change, energy and agriculture
  • Urban planning, transport
  • Information and communication technology (artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics)
  • Finance, taxation and economics
  • Ad hoc case study: coronavirus

Annex B – Detailed methods

  • General methods 
    • Analysing sex
    • Analysing gender
    • Intersectional approaches
    • Co-creation and participatory research
    • Asking about gender and sex in surveys 
  • Field-specific methods 
  • Health and biomedicine
    • Analysing gender in health and biomedicine 
    • Analysing sex in tissues and cells
    • Analysing sex in lab animal research
    • Analysing sex in biomedicine 
  • Information and communication technologies 
    • Analysing gender and intersectionality in machine learning
    • Analysing gender and intersectionality in social robotics 
  • Climate change.
    • Analysing sex in hermaphroditic species
  • Urban planning/transportation
    • Gender impact assessment
  • Innovation
    • Norm-critical innovation


You can download a factsheet presenting key findings from the policy report








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