CASPER is a Research and Innovation action project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It aims at examining the feasibility of establishing a European award/certification system for gender equality for Research Performing Organisations. Based upon an extensive assessment of available systems and needs, the project proposes to develop and evaluate, in co-creation with national and international stakeholders, three possible scenarios that pave the ground for a realistic EU wide award/certification framework.

Overall, CASPER pursues three objectives:

  • To map and assess existing award and certification systems for gender equality (and related schemes) and to identify existing needs for such a system on the European level.
  • Design three different award/certification scenarios and assess the feasibility of these scenarios plus a fourth no-action scenario along several dimensions.
  • Prepare the ground for a successful roll-out of a European award/certification scheme.

Coordinated by Fondation Europeenne de la Science (ESF), the project lasts for 2 years (from January 2020 to December 2021) and involves 8 institutions from different European countries.


Start date: 1st of January 2020 – End date: 31st of March 2022

Principal investigator: Ildiko Ipolyi (European Science Foundation, France)


European Science Foundation (ESF, France)

Oxford Brookes University (OBU, UK)

Yellow Window (YW, Belgium)

Conoscenza e Innovazione (K&I, Italy)

Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC, Spain)

Smart venic, srl (SV, Italy)

Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ISAS, Czech Republic)

Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft MBH (JR, Austria)


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Funding body:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 872113.




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