Project partners


  • Managing organisation
    (CH) The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is Switzerland’s foremost research funding organisation. Based on a government mandate, it finances basic and applied research in all scientific disciplines. Promoting gender equality is an integral part of the mandate, as most research grants are funded with public money. In addition, the Executive Management and the National Research Council have made gender equality one of the strategic priorities of the SNSF in its multi-year programme 2021-2024.
    
SNSF took over the management of AcademiaNet in 2020 and provides funds for the network.


  • Main Funder
    (DE) The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major foundations associated with a private company in Germany. It was founded in 1964 and continues the charitable work of the founder of the company and foundation, Robert Bosch (1861-1942). The foundation is primarily active in the areas of international understanding, education, health and science.
 Robert Bosch Stiftung initiated AcademiaNet in 2010.
    The foundation hosted the project until 2019 and continues to support AcademiaNet financially.


  • Service Provider and Website Operator
    (DE) The publisher Spektrum der Wissenschaft is part of SpringerNature. It publishes several popular science magazines, both print and digital, and operates the biggest German language website on science news.
    Spektrum der Wissenschaft operates and manages the website of AcademiaNet on behalf of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Science Partners

Recognized European science partners vouch for the outstanding qualifications of the women on AcademiaNet. They nominate female researchers for the network according to strict selection criteria. The selection criteria include outstanding scientific qualifications, academic references and independent leadership. It is not possible to apply directly to AcademiaNet.


  • (FI) The Academy of Finland is a leading public funding agency for cutting-edge scientific research in Finland, acts as a science policy expert and strengthens the position of science and research. In 2013, the Academy’s budget for research funding is about 317 million euros.


    » Women academics nominated by the Academy of Finland

  • (P) The Academy of Sciences of Lisbon as an institution dedicated to the advancement of science and learning in Portugal with the goal of promoting academic progress and prosperity to the country.


  • (DE) acatech represents the German science and technology communities at home and abroad. As a working academy, acatech advises policy-makers and society on future technological issues, supports the transfer of knowledge between science and business, and supports the next generation in the sciences and technology.


    » Women academics nominated by acatech

  • (DE) The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes cooperative scientific projects between excellent German researchers and their international counterparts. It awards more than 800 research fellowships and research prizes each year. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 28.000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide.


    » Women academics nominated by the Humboldt Foundation

  • (AT) The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) is an association of researchers in Austria and abroad. It promotes non-university applied basic research in Austria at approximately 60 research institutions and offers grants and awards for the promotion of junior researchers.


    » Women academics nominated by the ÖAW

  • (DE) The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities – formerly the Prussian Academy of Sciences – is a learned society that transcends national and disciplinary boundaries. It is also the largest non-university research institution for the humanities in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. While the Academy focuses on interdisciplinary and cultural research, it also makes a priority of fostering dialogue between society and scholarship.


    » Women academics nominated by the BBAW

  • (AT) For more than 40 years, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has been Austria's central organisation for funding and promoting basic research. Like the DFG, the FWF is committed to treating all disciplines equally. It is guided in its efforts by the standards of the international scientific community. In 2010, it awarded research funding in the amount of €171.8 million.
    To the mission statement of the FWF


    » Women academics nominated by the FWF

  • (FR) The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is a publicly-funded research organisation under the authority of the French Ministry in charge of research, and the largest basic research public organisation in Europe. It boasts 20 Nobel Laureates, 12 Fields Medals and a Turing Award. In 2014, it ranked first in Nature Index and Scimago institutional ranking in terms of publications.


    » Women academics nominated by the CNRS

  • (DK) The Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) is an independent organization committed to funding outstanding research at the highest international level at the frontiers of all research fields.


    » Women academics nominated by the DNRF

  • (EE) Estonian Research Council is the major Estonian research funding organization, research information processor and analyzer, international research cooperation developer and science communication promoter.


    » Women academics nominated by the Estonian Research Council

  • The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) has been promoting excellence in the molecular life sciences in Europe since 1964. EMBO publishes four scientific journals and reaches out to scientists worldwide with funding, training and networks.


    » Women academics nominated by the EMBO

  • The European Research Council (ERC) aims to enhance the dynamic character, creativity and excellence of European research at the frontiers of knowledge. The ERC budget of € 7.5 billion for the period 2007 to 2013 supports ERC grantees, selected through highly competitive peer review evaluations, across all fields of research.


    » Women ERC grantees

  • (PL) The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) is an independent, self-financing, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the mission of supporting science in Poland. It is the largest source of science funding in Poland outside the state budget. The FNP offers prestigious prizes, stipends and grants for the best researchers at every stage in their career, across all fields of study.


    » Women academics nominated by the FNP

  • (DE) The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is the leading organisation for applied research in Europe, with 59 institutes throughout Germany and subsidiaries worldwide. Approximately two-thirds of the Gesellschaft's yearly research budget of €1.6 billion is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects.


    » Women academics nominated by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

  • (B) The purpose of the Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.–FNRS) is to develop fundamental scientific research within the framework of initiatives presented by researchers, founded on the sole principal of scientific excellence. It encourages the production and development of knowledge by both supporting individual researchers, and also by financing research programmes conducted in the laboratories and facilities mostly located in the universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. The F.R.S.-FNRS is also responsible for informing researchers about and encouraging them to participate in the European research and innovations programmes with which the Wallonia-Brussels Federation is involved.


  • (DE) The German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) is one of the most important scientific advisory bodies in Germany. It provides advice to the German federal government and the state governments on the structure and development of higher education and research in the sciences.


    » Women academics nominated by the Wissenschaftsrat

  • (DE) The German Research Foundation (DFG) is the central self-governing body of science and research in Germany and the largest funding organisation for basic research in Europe. With a budget of €2.3 billion, it funds over 20,000 projects each year in all branches of science and the humanities.


    » Women academics nominated by the DFG

  • (DE) The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres is comprised of 16 centres carrying our research in the natural sciences, technology, medicine and biology; they have formed a community in order to work together toward solving major, urgent social, scientific and economic problems.


    » Women academics nominated by the Helmholtz Association

  • (DE) Die German Rectors' Conference (HRK) is the voluntary association of state and state-recognised universities in Germany. The HRK addresses the topics of research, teaching, studies, advanced continuing education and training, knowledge and technology transfer, international cooperation, and self-administration issues.


    » Women academics nominated by the HRK

  • HFSP is an international program that funds frontier research in the life sciences. The support extends across continental boundaries and scientific disciplines with a strong focus on basic research that addresses complex mechanisms of living organisms and systems.


    » Woman academics nominated by the HFSP

  • (ES) ICREA, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, is a foundation supported by the Catalan Government. Its aim is to recruit top scientists from any area of knowledge and with international experience. Scientists capable of leading new research groups, strengthening existing ones, and setting up new lines of research. ICREA is an institution without walls. Its researchers work at universities and research centres based in Catalonia with whom ICREA has signed long-term agreements.


    » Women academics nominated by the ICREA

  • (DE) The Leibniz Association's 86 institutes carry out research on urgent problems facing society (for instance, climate change, widespread diseases, education, etc.), provide scientific infrastructure for science and research and use their research findings to advise policy-makers and the wider community.


    » Women academics nominated by the Leibniz Association.

  • (LU) The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) is the main funder of research activities in Luxembourg. It invests public funds and private donations into research projects in various branches of science and the humanities, with an emphasis on selected core strategic areas. Furthermore, the FNR supports and coordinates activities to strengthen the link between science and society and to raise awareness for research. The FNR also advises the Luxembourg government on research policy and strategy.


  • (DE) The Max Planck Society has stood for excellent basic research for more than 60 years. Research in the life sciences, natural sciences and humanities is carried out in 80 institutes by more than 21,000 employees and visiting researchers. The Society has a budget of approximately €1.3 billion.


    » Women academics nominated by the Max Planck Society

  • (GB) The Medical Research Council (MRC) improves human health through world-class medical research. We fund research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas. Our research has resulted in life-changing discoveries for over a hundred years.


    » Women academics nominated by the MRC

  • (DE) The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is a German institution that brings together excellent scientists, whose science-based expertise allows them to advise policy-makers and society. At the international level, the Leopoldina, together with other national academies, apply their expertise to the European Union and the G8 countries.


    » Women academics nominated by the Leopoldina

  • (PL) The National Science Centre (NCN) is a government executive agency set up to fund basic research. The activities of the NCN are supervised by the Minister of Science and Higher Education. The NCN supports all fields of basic research. The funding is granted in the form of research projects, doctoral fellowships, post-doctoral internships and international research projects selected within international initiatives.


    » Woman academics nominated by the NCN

  • (IRL) The Royal Irish Academy is an independent, all-Ireland learned society established under Charter in 1785. It currently has more than 450 members, chosen for their distinguished contributions to research in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. It is governed by its President and Council, who are elected by the members at a general meeting held in the spring of each year, as stated in the founding Charter.
    Since its foundation, the Royal Irish Academy has encouraged and rewarded excellence in scholarship and research throughout the island of Ireland, and has played a significant role in promoting the value of the sciences, humanities and social sciences to society. The Academy continues to build on its scholarly tradition, working to enhance the contribution made by research and scholarship to wider society. It fosters the community of scholars on the island of Ireland and strengthens the engagement of this community in international scholarly matters.


  • (SWE) The Swedish Research Council has a leading role in developing Swedish research of the highest scientific quality, thereby contributing to the development of society. Besides research funding, the agency advises the government on research-related issues and participates actively in the discussions to create understanding of the long-term benefits of research.


    » Women academics nominated by the Swedish Research Council

  • (SWE) FORMAS is a government research council for sustainable development. It funds research and innovation, develops strategies, performs analyses and conducts evaluations. FORMAS` areas of activity include the environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning. FORMAS conducts specific environmental analyses that aim to make it easier for Sweden to achieve its environmental goals. The research council also communicates research and research results.


  • Managing organisation
    (CH) The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is Switzerland’s foremost research funding organisation. Based on a government mandate, it finances basic and applied research in all scientific disciplines. Promoting gender equality is an integral part of the mandate, as most research grants are funded with public money. In addition, the Executive Management and the National Research Council have made gender equality one of the strategic priorities of the SNSF in its multi-year programme 2021-2024.
    
SNSF took over the management of AcademiaNet in 2020 and provides funds for the network.


    » Women academics nominated by the SNSF

  • (UK) The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. BBSRC aims to further scientific knowledge, promote economic growth and improve quality of life in the UK and beyond by funding innovative research that addresses some of the biggest global challenges.


    » Women academics nominated by the BBSRC

  • (DK) The Danish Council for Independent Research funds specific research activities based on scientists' own initiatives. Moreover, the Council provides advice in all scientific areas for the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, the Danish Parliament and the Government. The primary aim of the Council is to support and promote the most original research ideas and initiatives in Denmark. On an annual basis, the Council awards 600 grants to research projects amounting to well over DKK 1 billion in total.


    » Women academics nominated by the DFF

  • (LV) The Latvian Academy of Sciences is an association of country’s foremost scientists. Its mission is favouring research in the basic and applied sciences, promoting studies in Latvian history, culture and the development of the Latvian language; consulting the Government on research policy issues; popularization of scientific achievements and maintenance of international research cooperation.


    » Women academics nominated by the Latvian Academy of Sciences

  • (NL) The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is the national research council in the Netherlands and has a budget of more than 500 million euros per year. NWO promotes quality and innovation in science.


    » Women academics nominated by the NWO

  • (NOR) The Research Council of Norway (Forskningsradet) funds research and innovation projects of high quality and relevance. It invests in research and innovation that builds knowledge for a sustainable future and meets major challenges to society and the business sector. On behalf of the Government, the Research Council invests NOK 10 billion (2019) annually. The Research Council is the key advisory body to the authorities on research policy issues. Its activities play an important role in the Government’s long-term plan for research and higher education.


  • (B) The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) is the agency that supports ground-breaking fundamental research at the universities of the Flemish Community. The FWO also stimulates cooperation between the Flemish universities and other research institutes.


    » Women academics nominated by the FWO

  • (GB) The Royal Society is the national academy of science in the UK. It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
    A major activity of the Society is identifying and supporting the work of outstanding scientists. The Society supports researchers through its early and senior career schemes, innovation and industry schemes, and other schemes.



    » Women academics nominated by the Royal Society

  • (GB) The Royal Society of Edinburgh, established in 1783, is an educational charity, registered in Scotland, operating on an independent and non-party-political basis and providing public benefit throughout Scotland. Our 1500-strong Fellowship covers science and technology, arts, humanities, social science, business and public service.


    » Women academics nominated by the Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • (ES) The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is Spain's largest public research institution and ranks third among Europe's largest research organisations. The CSIC plays a key role in scientific and technological policy in Spain and worldwide. According to its Statute it has four main missions: foster multidisciplinary scientific and technological research; knowledge transfer to industry and society; education and training of scientific and technical staff; creation of Technology Based Companies (spin-offs). The CSIC carries out research in all fields of knowledge, distributed in three global areas: Life, Society and Matter. The CSIC produces 20% of the national scientific output and remains the first institution in Spain in the generation of patents.


    » Women academics nominated by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

  • (UK) The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. We spend around £600 million every year both in the UK and internationally achieving our mission: supporting the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities.


    » Women academics nominated by the Wellcome Trust

  • (DE) The Union of Chemical Industry (VCI) funds and promotes basic research, young researchers in the sciences and instruction in chemistry in schools via the German Chemical Industry Fund. The VCI's scholarship fund foundation promotes the best young researchers in the fields of chemistry.


    » Women academics nominated by the VCI

  • (DE) The Association of German Engineers (VDI) is the largest technical and scientific association in Germany and focuses on promoting the participation of girls in the natural sciences and technical fields such as mathematics and engineering.


    » Women academics nominated by the VDI

  • (DE) The Volkswagen Foundation is the largest private patron of the sciences in Germany. It was founded in 1961 by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal State of Lower Saxony. The foundation supports activities in all disciplines – in research and in teaching. With its funding initiatives, it provides science with an internationally oriented impetus.


    » Women academics nominated by the Volkswagen Foundation

  • (IL) The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world's top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions, noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences. The Institute is home to ~3,000 scientists, students, postdocs, technicians and supporting staff.


    » Women academics nominated by the Weizmann Institute

Funding organisations

AcademiaNet is financially supported by recognized research organizations from all over Europe.


  • (AT) For more than 40 years, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has been Austria's central organisation for funding and promoting basic research. Like the DFG, the FWF is committed to treating all disciplines equally. It is guided in its efforts by the standards of the international scientific community. In 2010, it awarded research funding in the amount of €171.8 million.
    To the mission statement of the FWF


    » Women academics nominated by the FWF

  • (EE) Estonian Research Council is the major Estonian research funding organization, research information processor and analyzer, international research cooperation developer and science communication promoter.


    » Women academics nominated by the Estonian Research Council

  • The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) has been promoting excellence in the molecular life sciences in Europe since 1964. EMBO publishes four scientific journals and reaches out to scientists worldwide with funding, training and networks.


    » Women academics nominated by the EMBO

  • (PL) The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) is an independent, self-financing, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the mission of supporting science in Poland. It is the largest source of science funding in Poland outside the state budget. The FNP offers prestigious prizes, stipends and grants for the best researchers at every stage in their career, across all fields of study.


    » Women academics nominated by the FNP

  • (DE) The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is the leading organisation for applied research in Europe, with 59 institutes throughout Germany and subsidiaries worldwide. Approximately two-thirds of the Gesellschaft's yearly research budget of €1.6 billion is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects.


    » Women academics nominated by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

  • (B) The purpose of the Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.–FNRS) is to develop fundamental scientific research within the framework of initiatives presented by researchers, founded on the sole principal of scientific excellence. It encourages the production and development of knowledge by both supporting individual researchers, and also by financing research programmes conducted in the laboratories and facilities mostly located in the universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. The F.R.S.-FNRS is also responsible for informing researchers about and encouraging them to participate in the European research and innovations programmes with which the Wallonia-Brussels Federation is involved.


  • (DE) The Leibniz Association's 86 institutes carry out research on urgent problems facing society (for instance, climate change, widespread diseases, education, etc.), provide scientific infrastructure for science and research and use their research findings to advise policy-makers and the wider community.


    » Women academics nominated by the Leibniz Association.

  • (LU) The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) is the main funder of research activities in Luxembourg. It invests public funds and private donations into research projects in various branches of science and the humanities, with an emphasis on selected core strategic areas. Furthermore, the FNR supports and coordinates activities to strengthen the link between science and society and to raise awareness for research. The FNR also advises the Luxembourg government on research policy and strategy.


  • (DE) The Max Planck Society has stood for excellent basic research for more than 60 years. Research in the life sciences, natural sciences and humanities is carried out in 80 institutes by more than 21,000 employees and visiting researchers. The Society has a budget of approximately €1.3 billion.


    » Women academics nominated by the Max Planck Society

  • (PL) The National Science Centre (NCN) is a government executive agency set up to fund basic research. The activities of the NCN are supervised by the Minister of Science and Higher Education. The NCN supports all fields of basic research. The funding is granted in the form of research projects, doctoral fellowships, post-doctoral internships and international research projects selected within international initiatives.


    » Woman academics nominated by the NCN

  • Main Funder
    (DE) The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major foundations associated with a private company in Germany. It was founded in 1964 and continues the charitable work of the founder of the company and foundation, Robert Bosch (1861-1942). The foundation is primarily active in the areas of international understanding, education, health and science.
 Robert Bosch Stiftung initiated AcademiaNet in 2010.
    The foundation hosted the project until 2019 and continues to support AcademiaNet financially.


  • (SWE) The Swedish Research Council has a leading role in developing Swedish research of the highest scientific quality, thereby contributing to the development of society. Besides research funding, the agency advises the government on research-related issues and participates actively in the discussions to create understanding of the long-term benefits of research.


    » Women academics nominated by the Swedish Research Council

  • (SWE) FORMAS is a government research council for sustainable development. It funds research and innovation, develops strategies, performs analyses and conducts evaluations. FORMAS` areas of activity include the environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning. FORMAS conducts specific environmental analyses that aim to make it easier for Sweden to achieve its environmental goals. The research council also communicates research and research results.


  • Managing organisation
    (CH) The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is Switzerland’s foremost research funding organisation. Based on a government mandate, it finances basic and applied research in all scientific disciplines. Promoting gender equality is an integral part of the mandate, as most research grants are funded with public money. In addition, the Executive Management and the National Research Council have made gender equality one of the strategic priorities of the SNSF in its multi-year programme 2021-2024.
    
SNSF took over the management of AcademiaNet in 2020 and provides funds for the network.


    » Women academics nominated by the SNSF

  • (DK) The Danish Council for Independent Research funds specific research activities based on scientists' own initiatives. Moreover, the Council provides advice in all scientific areas for the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, the Danish Parliament and the Government. The primary aim of the Council is to support and promote the most original research ideas and initiatives in Denmark. On an annual basis, the Council awards 600 grants to research projects amounting to well over DKK 1 billion in total.


    » Women academics nominated by the DFF

  • (B) The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) is the agency that supports ground-breaking fundamental research at the universities of the Flemish Community. The FWO also stimulates cooperation between the Flemish universities and other research institutes.


    » Women academics nominated by the FWO

  • (GB) The Royal Society is the national academy of science in the UK. It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
    A major activity of the Society is identifying and supporting the work of outstanding scientists. The Society supports researchers through its early and senior career schemes, innovation and industry schemes, and other schemes.



    » Women academics nominated by the Royal Society

  • (GB) The Royal Society of Edinburgh, established in 1783, is an educational charity, registered in Scotland, operating on an independent and non-party-political basis and providing public benefit throughout Scotland. Our 1500-strong Fellowship covers science and technology, arts, humanities, social science, business and public service.


    » Women academics nominated by the Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • (ES) The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is Spain's largest public research institution and ranks third among Europe's largest research organisations. The CSIC plays a key role in scientific and technological policy in Spain and worldwide. According to its Statute it has four main missions: foster multidisciplinary scientific and technological research; knowledge transfer to industry and society; education and training of scientific and technical staff; creation of Technology Based Companies (spin-offs). The CSIC carries out research in all fields of knowledge, distributed in three global areas: Life, Society and Matter. The CSIC produces 20% of the national scientific output and remains the first institution in Spain in the generation of patents.


    » Women academics nominated by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

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