9 July 2020
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Assessing Assessment:
Calling for a Re-appraisal of Research Assessment Processes

Science Europe encourages a broad re-appraisal of research assessment processes for grant allocation and career progression in its latest Position Statement and Recommendations on research assessment, published today.

Research funding and performing organisations are called to continuously evaluate their assessment processes to ensure that they are effective, efficient, fair, and transparent.

Following a thorough analysis of well-established research assessment processes and a broad stakeholder consultation, the Statement and Recommendations call on research organisations to develop practical guides to aid reviewers in focussing their assessments on the content and substance of proposals whilst considering a broad spectrum of research outputs and activities.

“Research assessment processes are an essential quality-assurance gateway for the creation of new knowledge and innovation, thus their effectiveness is of prime importance to the research system as a whole”, said Science Europe Secretary General, Lidia Borrell-Damián.

Focusing on research assessment processes and methods, and not so much about research criteria, the Science Europe Recommendations provide research organisations with a framework to review and enhance their assessment processes to address the many challenges currently faced. This is an objective that supports the central priorities of the European Research Area (ERA).

“In this rapidly changing research environment, there is a need to consider how assessment processes should evolve in the future to ensure that they remain effective. Our recommendations provide a starting point from which broader reforms to such processes can be considered” declared Science Europe President, Marc Schiltz.

Science Europe will continue to work to facilitate the best possible conditions within and between national systems for world-class research. As such it recommends that:
Read more on Science Europe's recommendations for research assessment processes
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