Research policy and organisation
Overall, research policy at Ghent University is aimed at excellence in research. However, a number of balances must be respected in this pursuit because a good equilibrium guarantees the continuity of dynamic, ever innovative research. This pursuit of excellence and the right balance create a suitable research environment. Through the pursuit of excellence and balance, that same research environment is transformed into a yet better, more efficient and more agreeable work environment.
- Strategic Spearheads of Research
- Five year policy plan
- Policy initiative: excellence in the humanities, social and behavioural sciences
At regular instances, the process as well as the product of research are the subject of evaluation.
- Peer Review Research Evaluation
- Scientific Integrity
- Interuniversity Expert Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM)
The Research Coordination Office plays an important role in the dissemination of information on funding, procedures and regulations. Its staff members follow up on (inter)national initiatives, and actively engage in policy research.
They also provide support to the Ghent University Research Council and the Committee for Development Cooperation.
All contracts for research projects with external funds or with external partners are negotiated through and dealth with by the Research Department. Every project must have a promotor who belongs to the "Autonomous Academic Staff" of Ghent University (i.e. professor, independent investigator) and will as such be coordinated by that person.
On behalf of that person, staff members from the Research Department will provide assistance in terms of administration, negotiation, drawing up budget plans, valorisation, etc.