Close the Gap Funds to Support Researchers
Studies show that women researchers have been publishing less than their male colleagues during the coronavirus pandemic, and also applying for fewer projects. Scholarly publications suggest this is mainly due to the pandemic-related increase in the double burden on women researchers in terms of reconciling family and a career. They state that lacking or limited childcare and health services have contributed to making the existing inequalities in the research and higher education system worse for women researchers with family responsibilities. The number of publications in particular are an indication of the increased inequality.
In addition, the use of laboratories is either completely or severely restricted, and research excursions, and surveys or treatments are being postponed. Furthermore, the increased demands on the provision and implementation of digital teaching take up more of early career researcher’s time, and thus also limits the number of publications.
Supported by funding from the Ministry of Science, Research, Equalities and Districts, Universität Hamburg invites applications for the Close the Gap funds to support researchers. This is part of a call for proposals to balance the gender effect during the corona crisis ("Ausgleich des Geschlechtereffekts während der Corona-Krise").
The following are eligible:
- women working in academia
- researchers with family or caregiving responsibilities
who have been working at Universität Hamburg since Winter Semester 2020/2021
For example, funding may be granted for: support when preparing publications (e.g., through student assistants), individual coaching sessions, or offers of flexible childcare, as well as individual funding to compensate for pandemic-related restrictions and challenges.
Your informal application for funding from the Close the Gap discretionary funds to support researchers must contain the following information:
- the nature, scope, and period of assistance required
- your faculty, department and, if applicable, subject group
- the scope of your teaching obligations
- name(s) and birth certificate(s) of your child(ren) or the name(s) of your dependent relative(s) where applicable
- information on the scope and division of family and caregiver duties where applicable
- short description of the situation, as well as your planned implementation
The application may be submitted to the equal opportunity commissioner of Universität Hamburg between 1 March 2021 and 30 June 2022.
All completed applications will be processed in the order of submission. The decision will be made at the discretion of the equal opportunity commissioner and subject to the availability of funds.
Please email the completed application form along with the required documents as a PDF to gleichstellung"AT"uni-hamburg.de.
Be aware that we can only process completed applications.
The Close the Gap project
A joint project of Universität Hamburg, the Faculty of Medicine at Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), HafenCity University Hamburg, the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), and the Hamburg University of Music and Drama (HfMT) designed to combat the effect of the “corona gender publication gap” by providing funding and networking for researchers.