EU CFPs: Closing Gender Gaps over Life Cycle-Work-Life Balance for Women and Men

Deadline: 16 May 2019

European Commission is seeking proposals to national authorities on closing gender gaps over the life cycle – work-life balance for women and men – a better sharing of care.

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The restricted call for proposals will focus on the gender gaps over the life-cycle, looking at work-life balance for women and men, including through a better sharing of care.

The aim is to support Member States in raising awareness and tackling gender stereotypes with regard to roles in work and in private life, and in particular with regard to reconciliation issues (including the promotion of the uptake of family-related leaves by men), taking into account national specificities, complemented by EU broad common messages.

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Projects funded under this call shall also seek to promote equality between women and men and, if relevant for the project, also the rights of the child. Gender and rights of the child mainstreaming means integrating a gender and rights of the child perspective in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a project, as appropriate.

Funding Information

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The indicative maximum amount earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals is estimated at EUR 3 000 000.


Activities may consist of any of the following:

  • Activities tackling negative attitudes and gender stereotypes with regard to care;
  • Awareness-raising, education and empowerment activities; in particular, at individual and company level,
  • Awareness-raising activities on behaviours of men and women, their superiors and colleagues, concerning the combination of work and private care, attitudes towards certain working patterns by men and women as well as work-life balance friendly workplace practices;
  • Exchange of good practice, mutual learning, seminars; in particular, activities promoting good practice examples of companies who address work-life balance for all workers in a comprehensive strategy, including innovative workplace practices in terms of space/time, adapted to different time needs of workers over the life course;
  • Capacity-building and training activities for company actors and authorities.

Expected Results

  1. The issue of work-life balance for men and women in practice is discussed, building from a rights based approach into effective actions with regard to reconciliation between work and private life;
  2. Company behaviour is discussed and good practice examples are highlighted; addressing work-life balance is seen as strength which helps to retain good workers, increase motivation and productivity and reduce stress, mental health issues, prevent early exit from labour market and increase sustainability of work;
  3. Both men and women feel more comfortable in taking up leave arrangements, which, in combination with the use of care facilities, leads to a more equal share of care at household level;
  4. Female employment rates will be increased through a smoother combination of work with private life and a possible prevention from long family breaks from work.

Eligibility Criteria

The Programme eligible countries are:

Eligibility of the lead applicant (i.e. coordinator) and participants (partners)

  • The national authority in charge of the policy on gender equality or work life balance; or
  • The body responsible for gender equality at national level only if no applications are received by the national authority referred above; or
  • Another national authority only if no applications are received by the national authority and the body referred above;
  • Partners must be public bodies or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the Programme, or international organisations;

Eligibility of the application

  • The project can be either national or transnational;
  • The application may involve one or more organisations (applicant and partner(s));
  • The EU grant requested cannot be lower than EUR 100 000. There is no maximum limit.

Note: For applicants and partners established in the UK: please be aware that they must comply with the eligibility criteria for the entire duration of the action for which a grant is awarded. If the UK withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular, that UK applicants and partners continue to be eligible, they will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project.

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