The FISU Gender Equality Awards are into their seventh year ©FISU

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has opened nominations for its expanded 2021 Gender Equality Awards.

FISU has launched the seventh edition of the awards to coincide with International Women's Day, celebrated annually on March 8.

Two will be on offer this year - the Gender Equality Project Award and the Gender Equality Champion Award - after FISU decided in 2021 to double the amount of prizes on offer.

The Champion Award will be dished out for the first time by FISU, and will be given to an individual "who has contributed significantly to gender equality in university sports in their country, continent or internationally", FISU said.

The Project Award will be bestowed on a scheme or initiative that has already been delivered in its entirety at least once in 2020 or 2021.

FISU said the projects which were delivered in 2019 and intended to be delivered in 2020 or 2021 will also be eligible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nominations from FISU's National and Continental Member Federations will be accepted until the deadline of May 15.

They can put forward an unlimited number of nominations for the Project Award but have been limited to one for the Champion Award.

A pre-selection Jury composed of FISU Gender Equality Committee and Gender Equality Working Group members will review the nominations and propose a shortlist.

The winners are due to be announced during the FISU General Assembly in Chengdu ahead of this year's Summer World University Games.

"Following six successful editions of the Gender Equality Award, in 2020 the FISU Gender Equality Committee proposed to expand the awards, to not only recognise organisations, but also individuals, who have developed outstanding projects or made significant efforts to advance and achieve gender equality in university sports," said FISU secretary general and chief executive Eric Saintrond.