Articles | Volume 53
02 Jul 2020
 | 02 Jul 2020

Gendered participation in the geosciences: 10 years of ERC funding

Claudia Jesus-Rydin, Luis Farina-Busto, and Alexis-Michel Mugabushaka

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The paper presents descriptive statistics of gender participation in ERC calls in the geosciences. The share of women applying for Starting Grants is on average around 30 %; for Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants the share is around 25 % and 11 % respectively. Success rate analysis shows no significant gender disparities. The paper provides an overview of the ERC peer-review system, discusses results specific to the geosciences, and concludes with a review of past actions and future goals.