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  • Techrede ( in Dutch only)

    De vier technische universiteiten in Nederland, verenigd in de 4TU.Federatie, hebben politiek Nederland wakker geschud met de Techrede, de technologische evenknie van de Troonrede. Met de Techrede vroegen de technische universiteiten meer aandacht voor het belang van technologische innovaties. De tijd dringt meer dan ooit. Innovaties zijn, zeker tijdens de coronacrisis, essentieel gebleken in de transitie naar een veerkrachtige, veilige en duurzame toekomst. De studenten gingen vlak voor de Techrede op bezoek bij premier Mark Rutte en schaarden tal van andere prominenten achter zich

  • ITC PhD Publication Award 2020

    This is a call for nominations for the ITC PhD Publication Award 2020, presented to the PhD student being the first author of an outstanding scientific publication. The award will be presented in December. Exact date will be announced later.
    Details and regulations on the award are here available: https://www.itc.nl/intranet/research/publication-award/
    Please read them carefully before submitting.
    Closing date for nominations is October 9, 2020, 17.00 hrs. The ITC PhD Publication Award is accompanied by a prize-winning cheque of € 1500. Nominations must be submitted by e-mail to the Research Support Coordinator:  m.t.koelen@utwente.nl.  Self-nomination is possible. 


    The ERC Scientific Council is committed to implementing full and immediate Open Access and continues to support the principles underlying Plan S. Members of the ERC Scientific Council are participating constructively in various activities aimed at making Open Access a reality. However, during the past six months, the ERC Scientific Council has intensified its internal debate and reached a unanimous decision to follow a path towards Open Access implementation that is independent of cOAlition S activities. Therefore it has decided to withdraw as a supporter of cOAlition S. In doing so, the ERC Scientific Council wishes to pay closer attention to a number of aspects whose importance has been rather underestimated. Most prominent among them are researchers’ needs, especially those of young researchers who represent the future of European science and innovation. Other aspects include the need to preserve equity among research communities and among European countries, with particular emphasis on countries with more limited national financial support for research.
    In particular, cOAlition S has declared that the publication of research results in hybrid venues outside of transformative arrangements will be ‘non-compliant’ as of 1 January 2021, leading to the non-eligibility of related publication costs. The Scientific Council considers that this will be detrimental, especially for early career researchers, researchers working in countries with fewer alternative funding opportunities or working in fields in which Open Access policies are more difficult to implement.
    The ERC Scientific Council is working closely with the Commission services in order to find solutions that allow the rules related to Open Access under Horizon Europe to follow the legislative proposal and apply across all parts of the Programme, including the ERC.

  • Implementatie Plan_S for NWO (only in Dutch)

    30 July 2020
    How will we solve the challenges currently overwhelming us (like the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital society and a green transition with economic recovery) without an additional budget for fundamental research and innovation? That is the huge problem confronting more than just the academic world after the negotiations in the European Council on the EU budget. Everyone should ask themselves this, but especially the politicians in The Hague.
    The universities, academic medical centres and research institutes are deeply disappointed by the outcome of the negotiations held in Brussels last Tuesday, July 21, during which a total of €13.5 billion was scrapped from the budget for the Horizon Europe research programme. The European Commission’s proposal, to invest additional resources from both the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Corona recovery fund ‘Next Generation EU’ in research and innovation, fell by the wayside.
    In addition, the heads of government cut the entirety of the budget of €9 billion from the European recovery fund for a health programme. Just €1.7 billion remains in the regular EU budget for collaboration in Europe to provide sufficient availability and implementation of new medical products, medicines, logistics, etc.
    To be able to face the huge problems that are waiting for us in the fields of health and the economy, smart budgetary choices are essential. Science can provide the government and citizens with the knowledge to answer new and unexpected issues faster if it can continue carrying out structurally innovative research. It is a great help when scientists can collaborate on these issues in international research consortia. In addition, investment in research and innovation creates a multiplier effect of €8.50 growth in the gross national product (GNP) for every euro spent in the European research programme. With this return-on-investment, science is the economic driver of the future.
    To strengthen the Dutch knowledge economy and competitive position and to promote international partnerships, both national and European financing are vital. That is why the member states committed themselves almost 20 years ago to devote 3% of their gross domestic product (GDP) annually to research and innovation in their national budgets. The Netherlands is lagging behind the international leaders with its commitment of 2% of GDP. The Netherlands will have to realise this ambition as well, certainly now that Dutch researchers, the industry and non-governmental organisations cannot expect any additional funding from Brussels, while faced with major tasks. The recently realised reduction in the Dutch contribution to the EU budget will be much needed as investment in the coming years given the currently inadequate research and innovation portion of the national budget.

    On behalf of the Association of Universities (VSNU), Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU) and Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

  • New collaboration between Dutch Research Council (NWO) and OAPEN

    We are pleased to announce a new collaboration between The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and OAPEN. NWO is stepping up its efforts to increase the open access (OA) availability of academic books in the Netherlands. The OAPEN Library will be the mandatory repository for depositing these publications and ensures global visibility for these open access titles.
    The cooperation follows previous partnerships with research funders such as the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and Wellcome. OAPEN is very pleased that NWO now further intensifies their OA policy specifically for books. The policy is in line with Plan S  by cOAlition S but takes it even further by emphasising the importance of the transition to OA for books.
    NWO has set up a funding page where project leaders or co-applicants of awarded NWO research projects can apply for funding of the costs of OA publishing of academic books that result from NWO funding. For this purpose, NWO has made available 500,000 euro a year from 1 June 2020 onwards. Applications for this ‘Open Access Books’ call for proposals can be submitted throughout the year as long as the budget lasts. Open Access Books is a continuous call, initially until 2022. The total budget is 500,000 euro per year with a limit of 10,000 euro per publication.
    The funding page can be found here: https://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/our-funding-instruments/sgw/open-access-books/open-access-books.html
    The collaboration enables the mandatory deposit of these titles in the OAPEN Library and in addition OAPEN will build and maintain a NWO collection. Starting now with around 80 titles, but aiming to quickly increase the number by aggregating academic books resulting from NWO research that are currently not yet in the OAPEN Library.
    The new NWO policy can be found in short on the OAPEN website and in more detail at the website of NWO.
    Hans de Jonge, Policy officer Open science and Quality of NWO, said: “Open access to scholarly articles is well established. We now have to turn our attention to open access for academic books if we don’t want to leave entire fields of research behind, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. That’s why I am looking forward to working with OAPEN to increase the open availability of books arising from NWO-funding.”
    Eelco Ferwerda, director of OAPEN Foundation, said: “NWO helped to establish the OAPEN Foundation and was a partner in our first pilot project for open access books, OAPEN-NL. We are delighted that NWO has joined the group of research funders that support OA to academic books and are looking forward to working with NWO to increase usage and impact of NWO funded research.”
    Background Dutch Research Council (NWO) NWO funds top researchers, steers the course of Dutch science by means of research programmes and by managing the national knowledge infrastructure. NWO is of the opinion that research results paid for by public funds should be freely accessible worldwide. Since 2009, it has been committed to ensuring all publications which result from NWO funding are made available in OA. In 2015, NWO made further agreements on this with the State Secretary at the time, Sander Dekker, to push for progress. In 2018, 68% of the publications resulting from their funding were OA.
    OAPEN Deposit service for OA books
    The OAPEN Deposit Service has been set up to support open access policies of research funders and practitioners (research institutions, universities and their libraries). The Deposit Service provides an institutional uploading service for researchers and publishers and is adapted to the specific demands for academic books, making use of the existing metadata standards, classification schemes, and distribution channels for academic books. OAPEN works with the Dutch Research Council (NWO), Wellcome, the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF)Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and the European Research Council (ERC).

  • Netherlands-based Earth Observation scientists have jointly presented a strategic plan for the period 2020-2025. The goal of this document is to strengthen and consolidate the position and coherence of Earth Observation research in The Netherlands.

    The document informs both the scientific community and third parties about the state of Earth observation (EO) research in The Netherlands and issues of common interest. It identifies opportunities to strengthen EO research in the context of all sub-disciplines of Earth science, including atmosphere, land surface, solid earth, ice and oceans. The seven key elements of the strategy are: 1. Excellent science, 2. Collaboration within EO research, 3. Optimal exploitation of national resources, 4. Connection to societal challenges, 5. Cultivation of EO infrastructure, 6. Connection to national and international research programs and networks, and 7. Education. The document presents recommendations to governmental organizations and to the scientific community for each of these key elements.


  • Room for everyone's talent VSNU, NFU, KNAW, NWO and ZonMw

    Towards a new balance in the recognition and rewards of academics:
    1. Enables the diversification and vitalisation of career paths, thereby promoting excellence in each of the key areas;
    2. Acknowledges the independence and individual qualities and ambitions of academics as well as recognising team performances;
    3. Emphasises quality of work over quantitative results (such as number of publications);
    4. Encourages all aspects of open science; and 5. Encourages high-quality academic leadership.

  • DORA San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

    The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. The declaration was developed in 2012 during the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco. It has become a worldwide initiative covering all scholarly disciplines and all key stakeholders including funders, publishers, professional societies, institutions, and researchers. We encourage all individuals and organizations who are interested in developing and promoting best practice in the assessment of scholarly research to sign DORA. 

  • Research seminar “If Academic Integrity is the Solution, What is the Problem?"

    Research seminar “If Academic Integrity of the solution, what is the problem?"

    Researchers’ behavior and their academic practices are coming under increasing scrutiny from the media, the public and political spheres. It is more important than ever that academics understand how and where issues of integrity arise, and what kinds of practices are coming under scrutiny. The UT has adopted the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and is working to implement this code of conduct for all staff and students, using the metaphor of a house of integrity to help structure and organize the various integrity-related policies, regulations, and practices.Faculty ITC brought this topic of academic integrity to the attention of all staff and students through a seminar on 4 March 2020.

    Our Rector Magnificus Prof. T.T.M. Palstra, opened the seminar and emphasized the importance of academic integrity and the role of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

    There were two keynote speakers who discussed how to conceive many modern integrity issues as a matter of the good functioning of scientific systems and how to look at ethical integrity from a spatial perspective:

    Miles Macleod; Philosopher of Science The Integrity of Scientific Processes

     Yola Georgiadou: Professor Geo-Information and Governance Space for Ethics

    After the keynote speakers, there were some speakers dealing with more practical Information about integrity:
    Professor Alfred Stein: Member Committee Scientific Integrity

    Annemarie Arets: Confidential Advisor

    Han Warmelink: Ombuds Officer.  

    The seminar ended with drinks where a lively discussion continued.

    A link to the lifestream of the video can be found here

  • Funding tools

    1     ResearchProfessional http://info.researchprofessional.com/funding-insight/ 
    Research Professional provides a database of funding opportunities covering all disciplines. Research Professional informs you about the calls before they are announced: their newsservice. Research Professional  reports on new directions in research funding every step of the way as they trickle down from governments to research councils to programmes and finally calls.  More information about Research Professional at the UT: https://www.utwente.nl/en/sp/policy/research/utresearchprofessional/faq/

    2    GrantForward https://www.grantforward.com/index 
    GrantForward provides you with:
    *specialized search algorithm and team of specialists allows us to constantly add new and accurate funding opportunities
    *adaptive search filters make it quick and easy to find the perfect grant opportunities to start moving your research forward
    *incorporates a dynamic search engine with a personalized funding recommendation service to simplify the grant search process

    3     Impacter  https://impacter.eu/
    Impacter supports you while you write  to deliver the best grant possible with tips about how to write your proposal.
    ITC had a trial. For more information contact Tom Rientjes or Marga Koelen

    4   ResearchConnect  https://www.researchconnect.eu
    How RESEARCHconnect can attract funding to your institution and support participation in research projects:
    * Information on all key research funding opportunities in one place – from national Government to European and international – removing your legwork in accessing multiple sources
    *Ability to search and share relevant funding opportunities within a matter of minutes
    *Access to the latest funding opportunities at all times. Our service is updated in real time so as soon as we know about a new research funding opportunity, so do you
    *Simple reporting capabilities that allow you to analyse how your organisation and staff are using the service
    *Access to news alerts on new or updated funds, approaching deadlines and new funding calls. Delivered directly to your inbox and allowing you to easily disseminate internally and to your local community
    *Sophisticated workgroup functionality which allows you and your partners to comment and collaborate on projects
    *Access to POLICYfinder, helping you navigate policy and legislation changes affecting funding