Developments related to gender mainstreaming at the FWF began in 2005, when the organisation set up the Staff Unit for Gender Issues. This marked the first time the FWF had made resources available (one academic researcher/analyst, one administrative post; 50% each) for a comprehensive examination of this topic. Initial objectives were defined, and the FWF's data were analysed. Since 2007, a multi-organisation working group (genderAG) involving the other agencies housed in the same building as the FWF (Haus der Forschung) has enabled more frequent exchanges at the national level and more targeted cooperation with those organisations. At the international level, a working group was established within the D-A-CH region at that time to enable networking with the FWF's counterparts, namely the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Swiss National Science Fund (SNSF), thus supporting the discussion beyond Austria's borders as well. In 2008, gender mainstreaming was introduced as a core component of the FWF's corporate policy. In 2009, the discussion of FWF structures culminated in a gender awareness workshop in which members of the management, the Executive Board and FWF employees discussed current gender issues within the organisation. The workshop formed the basis for the FWF's gender equality standards, which were then revised and adopted by the Executive Board. These standards account for gender mainstreaming in the FWF's processes. Finally, after the implementation of the target quota of 30% women in FWF-funded projects, gender analyses were made compulsory in the FWF's flagship programmes (Special Research Programmes [SFBs] and Doctoral Programmes [DKs]).
Since 2013, the FWF attained a fairly balanced ratio between women and men in its decision-making bodies. At the beginning of 2016 the share of women appointed to the Supervisory Board, and the Executive Board is 50%. The Assembly of Delegates has a share of 36% and the 39% share of women on the FWF Board exceeds the percentage of female applicants for FWF funding. The share of women on the FWF's staff is 69%, and the organisation employs an above-average share of women at all levels of its hierarchy. See also: Monitoring Equal Opportunities