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Funding aims to boost share of women in science

Germany awards grants to 92 universities to attract more women to careers in research

In the first round of a funding programme designed to support female professors at German universities, 92 institutions have won out. The Joint Science Conference (GWK), a body that coordinates science policy between Germany’s federal and state governments, said that a review panel picked the winners from a pool of 108 grant proposals.

The programme—known as Professorinnenprogramm 2030 (Female professors programme 2030)—has a total of €320 million to spend over the next eight years. Of the winners, 22 universities were awarded the title of a “university with strong gender equality”; they will now receive extra money to create an additional position for a female early career researcher, which will lead to a permanent professorship.

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