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Cultural and creative approaches for gender-responsive STEAM education

The call aims to establish a coordination network to develop a better understanding of the potential benefits of cultural and artistic approaches in traditional STEM education, research and innovation.


Publication date
14 December 2022
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
14 March 2023, 17:00 (CET)
Level of funding
EU level




Proposals should develop strategies for reproducibility and sustainability of the activities towards new skills’ learning pathways, including through the creation of networks for the participants and follow-up training courses. Furthermore, proposals under this Horizon Europe strand should set out a credible pathway to contributing to the following overarching objectives under the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan:

  • The full potential of cultural heritage, arts and cultural and creative sectors as a driver of sustainable innovation and a European sense of belonging is realised through a continuous engagement with society, citizens and economic sectors as well as through better protection, restoration and promotion of cultural heritage.

Activities/actions supported

Funded projects should establish a coordination network that delivers the following:

  • Examining the effects of such approaches on competitiveness, gender equality, and talent recruitment and retention in STEM-driven innovation, including in CCIs, where women are underrepresented
  • Provide mutual learning opportunities and develop evidence-based recommendations for policymakers and relevant organisations, wishing to adopt a STEAM approach
  • Offer decision-makers and persons in leadership positions training on the aspects that hinder the presence and promotion of women in STE(A)M
  • Engage female students in learner-driven experiences in cultural and creative sectors, such as the gaming, filming and music industry, to strengthen their digital skills and broaden their interest in STEM-related skills.
  • Develop a pilot for an “EU STEAM week for future women innovators”, together with science and technology museums, secondary and higher education institutions, relevant organisations from civil society, digital citizen platforms and the cultural and creative industries

Anticipated outcomes

Projects should contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Establishing a coordination network between organisations from the cultural and creative industries (CCIs), civil society, technological enterprises, secondary and higher education institutions and digital citizen platforms to foster the uptake of artistic, cultural and social science approaches in STEM education, research and innovation.
  • Increased understanding about the benefits of integrating artistic, cultural and social science approaches in STEM education, research and innovation and its impact on competitiveness, gender equality and career perspectives.
  • Pilot for the first European Union “STE(A)M week for future women innovators” together with science and technology museums, technological enterprises, secondary and higher education institutions, CCIs and relevant civil society organisations, engaging at least 4000 students in STEM educational activities through cultural and creative approaches.
  • STEAM skills development and increased interest in new technologies, including those applied to cultural value chains and cultural heritage, to bridge the gender gap.

Institution providing the funding

European Research Council

Size of funding

EUR 3,000,000



Overview of eligibility criteria

Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from nonassociated third countries or international organisations is eligible to participate.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:

  • the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
  • the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
  • Countries associated to Horizon Europe
  • A list of low and middle-income countries (list available in Work Programme the General Annexes)

Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:

  • at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
  • at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.

Overview of award criteria

Project proposals will be assessed taking into account the following 3 criteria, for a maximum of 15 points:

  • Excellence (5points);
  • Impact (5 points);
  • Quality and efficiency of the implementation (5 points).

The threshold for individual criteria will be 3. The overall threshold, applying to the sum of the three individual scores, will be 10.



Application procedures

In order to be considered, proposals must:

  • Be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal using the forms provided in the link to the call (see below). 
  • Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents.

More information is available in the text of the call.

Application support available

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Link to funding opportunity

Link to the programme for more info