- Funding bodies in Denmark
We challenge the Danish major funding bodies to improve gender equality in Science.
Facts on Danish granting bodies:
Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD)
• The board of directors is composed of only 33.3% women.
• Four of the five councils are currently formed with an underrepresentation of women:
1. The current council of Natural Sciences is composed of 33.3% women.
2. The current council of Medical Sciences is composed of 29% women.
3. The current council of Social Sciences is composed of 33.3% women.
4. The current council of Technology & Production Sciences is 11% women.
• There is no visibility in the distribution of women’s success in obtaining grants in the latest annual report within the individual councils. Continued visibility of distribution of women’s grants is required.
• There is a consistent male gender bias in distribution of scientific grants from the IRFD over the past decade5, which has continued up until this year.
• The head committee has a good representation of women, 66.6%.
• The 8 members of the external Biomedicine science panel are exclusively men.
• In the published list of research prize winners dating back to 2001, no female scientist has received the “Lundbeck foundations Research prize for Young Scientists”.
• The number of represented female researchers receiving Lundbeck’s Talent Prizes is underrepresented (that is less than 50%) with only 24% of winners.
• There is no visbility in the % of women grant winners in Lundbeck Foundation’s annual reports.
Novo Nordisk Foundation
• The board of directors is composed of 33.3% women.
• Most committees are underrepresented of women members:
• In 2016, a 4% gender bias of grants in favour of men was found for all Research and Innovation grants (within biotechnology, innovation, nursing, art, art history and socioeconomic impact of research).
• In 2015, this gender bias was 1%, in 2014, this gender bias was 3%. In 2013, no reporting was made on distribution of grants based on gender.
• The board of directors is composed of 20% women.
• Since 2014 20% of winners of the Foundation’s Research prizes have been women.
• In 2017 29.8% of grant recipients were female.
• Better reporting of women’s success in grants is required.
Innovation Foundation Denmark
• The board has a good representation of women, 44.4%.
• There is no visibility in the annual reports on distribution of scientific grants based on gender.
• The board of the Villum foundation is composed of 29% women.
• The board of the Velux foundation is composed of 40% women.
• The senior advisers for research are composed of 38% women.
• Villum foundation awarded grants to 26.8% women in 2017 in the fields of Technical and Scientific research, Social projects abroad, Environment and sustainability and Society.
• Velux foundation awarded grants to 46% of women in 2017, in the area of social projects, opthamology, interdisciplinary projects, humanities, gerontology and geriatrics.
• Better reporting and more visibility of women’s success in grants is required.
These facts were collected in September 2018 based on annual reporting and website information available on the granting bodies websites.
We seek improved awareness within the councils of gender-biased decision making.
We are asking for equal success rates of women’s grants compared to men’s grants.
We are asking for Danish funding councils to be comprised of 50% women.
We request for greater visibility in gender distributions of grants in annual reports.
We seek more anonymization in the grant review process.
The Promote me petition to Funding bodies in Denmark was written by Vanessa Hall and is in the category Gender Rights and Issues at GoPetition.