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Austrian national funder moots gender quotas

The Austrian Science Fund is exploring plans to split its funding equally between male and female researchers and updating its career programme to target women researchers.

A consultation on the proposals, which also include matching acceptance rates for both genders, is due to continue until the end of the year.

The promotion of women remains a core concern, the FWF, Austria’s national funder, said in a statement on 27 March, and is future career development programme will seek to address their specific needs, such as re-entry into the profession.

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