Horizon Europe is the 7-year European Union scientific research initiative, introduced to follow the current Horizon 2020 programme. The European Commission drafted and approved a plan for the Horizon Europe to raise EU science spending levels by 50% over the years 2021-2027.

Now the European Commission is weighing up whether to add tougher rules to promote gender equality in research grant contracts awarded in the imminent Horizon Europe Research & Development programme, according to leaked draft planning documents. Excellence and impact are still the main criteria for evaluating proposals, but for those with the same score, gender balance between researchers and staff mentioned in the proposal could become decisive.

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