EU Award for Gender Equality Champions

Identifier: HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-GENDER-Prize
Pillar: Reforming and enhancing the European R&I System
Opening Date:
Deadline: Thu, 25 Jan 2024 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Modification Date: Fri, 24 May 2024

Latest information:

Published: 12.12.2023

Deadline: 25.01.2024

Available budget: EUR 400,000.00

The results of the evaluation are as follows:

Number of applications submitted: 35

Number of inadmissible and/ or ineligible applications: 15

Winners: 3

For more information on the winners please see the prize website.


Summary of observer report:

An independent observer analysed the efficiency of the procedures, usability of the evaluation instruments including IT tools, conduct and fairness of the evaluation process and compliance with the applicable rules. An independent observer report was provided to the European Research Executive Agency (REA) service responsible for the call HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-GENDER-Prize, including recommendations for possible improvements on the policy and procedural aspects related to the application and evaluation configurations of future editions of this prize.

There were 35 proposals submitted for the three prize categories (GENDER-Prize-01 Sustainable Gender Equality Champions, GENDER-Prize-02 Newcomer Gender Equality Champions, GENDER-Prize-03 Inclusive Gender Equality Champions). Following thorough admissibility and eligibility checks, 20 proposals were considered for evaluation.

External experts were contracted from a large pool, previously agreed by DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD). Experts were selected considering absence of conflict-of-interest checks, as well as specific expertise, and various parameters to ensure a gender and geographical – balanced evaluation panel.

The evaluation process was found to have been well-run and compliant, also commended by the external experts for its smooth operation.  The procedures followed were very effective, efficient, and conducted in an inclusive way. All experts were actively engaged, and the atmosphere was positive. The experts’ briefings and the context provided through introductions to meetings were always clear and eloquently delivered. Consensus meetings were suitably organised and managed on facilitating discussions among experts on each evaluated proposal regarding convergent and divergent points when needed, to integrate well experts’ agreement in the consensus reports. Panel meetings were conducted appropriately following the procedures to check consistency and coherence of the evaluation process and decide on the ranking lists per prize category.

The maximum budget for the call was EUR 400,000 and each prize winner will receive EUR 100,000. The ranking of proposals per prize category and the award decisions considered the number of allocated prizes per category as defined in the published Rules of Contest. 


We recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.

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Author: Programmes & Funding Calls (Source:;programCode=HORIZON;callCode=HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-GENDER-Prize)