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Research Assessment

Tools and proxies used for research assessment, such as publications in high-impact journals, need to be diversified, to better identify high-quality research and researchers. Science Europe works to ensure that scholarly quality remains the core principle underpinning all evaluation processes.

Why does research assessment matter?

Research assessment lies at the core of the activities of Science Europe’s Member Organisations, and is fundamental to the research enterprise. It is used to select projects and researchers for funding, recruitment, and promotion. It forms the basis for the rewards and incentives system of research.

Science Europe’s Member Organisations periodically review how the assessment of research is designed and implemented. They aim to ascertain that their assessment processes are robust, fair, and successful in selecting the best projects and researchers for funding and promotion.

What are the current priorities?

Science Europe’s primary priority is to promote research quality as the most important factor in research assessment.

Research assessment must reward all excellent scientific contributions and promote good research practices, reproducibility, and integrity. To that end, it needs to capture the diversity of research outputs, in a manner that is appropriate to each research field.

Ensuring that research assessment processes are robust and eliminating biases are fundamental elements of research assessment policies and practices.

What is Science Europe doing to achieve these aims?

Science Europe is working with its Member Organisations and external stakeholders to carry out a detailed study of research assessment practices currently used by public research funders and organisations.

In consultation with experts, stakeholders, and the scientific community Science Europe will analyse the results of the study to approximate the understanding of research assessment in Europe and define a common position between its members.

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Country Organisation Acronym Name
Austria Austrian Science Fund FWF Falk Reckling
Germany German Research Foundation DFG Anke Reinhardt
Italy National Institute for Nuclear Physics INFN Giorgio Chiarelli
Netherlands Dutch Research Council NWO Stan Gielen
Poland Foundation for Polish Science FNP Marta Łazarowicz
Spain Spanish National Research Council CSIC Jordi Molas-Gallart
Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF Michael Hill
United Kingdom UK Research and Innovation UKRI Sarah Collinge

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