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Integrate Open Science in graduate education and proposal writing

If you need external “opinions” on how to further integrate Open Science in graduate education and proposal writing, the followig website might be of help: it assist early career researchers with a pro-bono service

SEP 2021-2027

The main goal of a Strategy Evaluation Protocol (SEP) evaluation is to evaluate a research
unit in light of its own aims and strategy. An assessment committee of independent experts assesses the performance of the unit based on the self-evaluation and a site visit.

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. 

COVID-19 Programma ZonMW

The call for proposals for two focus areas within the COVID-19 Programme has now been published. Research groups can submit proposals for research aimed at the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the measures taken against it. In view of the need to act urgently, the deadline has been set at 14 May 2020.

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.’s-talent.pdf

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 
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:

2    GrantForward 
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
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
How RESEARCHconnect can attract funding to your institution and support participation in research projects:
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*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