Australian Researchers’ Mobility Portal

Monday 9th July 2007

Austrian universities are putting aside 40% of their government funding for research projects involving women.

This year universities will receive €796,000 in government funding for research grants. Research Minister Johannes Hahn believes that this figure will make it possible to fund young researchers, and to ensure that research capacity remains at Austria’s universities.

“I am no fan of quotas, as quotas do not replace quality. But in this case it makes sense to put this nest egg at the disposal of young women researchers, as only when we give them the opportunity to prove what they can do will they have a chance to compete with men,” says Mr Hahn.

In order to ensure that 40% of the available funds have indeed been used for projects involving women, a breakdown of how money has been awarded will be given to the Ministry for Science and Research at the end of the year.