SFI is committed to removing and mitigating any existing or perceived factors that may limit the participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers, and to redressing the gender imbalance amongst SFI award holders, of which 21% are female (Source: SFI Census 2015). One of SFI’s Agenda 2020 KPI targets is to increase the proportion of female award holders to 30% by 2020. The aim in attaining this target is to facilitate the retention of excellent female researchers within academia, thereby increasing excellence in research and impact by continuing to fund meritorious researchers regardless of their gender, while widening the pool of potential applicants.
To this end, SFI will focus on streamlining gender initiatives across all its programmes as outlined in the SFI Gender Strategy 2016-2020.
Analysis of gender success rates in the SFI review process and overview of SFI’s gender redressing initiatives
SFI has been collecting and analysing data on application submission and success rates by gender since 2011. These data have enabled it to monitor the effectiveness of its gender redressing initiatives, reveal if there are unintentional gender biases in review processes and examine gender balance across the portfolio of SFI research awards. In support of SFI’s commitment to the transparency of its review processes, we present analyses of gender disaggregated data across all SFI Funding Programmes since 2011. This paper summarises these data and describes ongoing and recently launched initiatives being undertaken by SFI towards attaining its Agenda 2020 Gender KPI targets.