Taskforce for Applied Research
The Taskforce for Applied Research funds and encourages practice-oriented research by universities of applied sciences. For universities of applied sciences this is the basis for a fully-fledged source of indirect government funding for practice-oriented research. Research that will be done in collaboration with industry and the public sector and that is crucial for enabling universities of applied sciences to fulfil their obligation to create and disseminate new knowledge for education and professional practice.
Op 15 April 2013, the Taskforce for Applied Research Covenant was signed. With this covenant, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, NWO and the partners in the Stichting Innovatie Alliantie set up a temporary taskforce to fund and encourage practice-oriented research at universities of applied sciences. The temporary taskforce has a position within NWO. For universities of applied sciences this is the basis for a fully-fledged source of indirect government funding for practice-oriented research. Research that is crucial for enabling them to fulfil their obligation to create and disseminate new knowledge in and for professional practice.
From 2014 onwards, NWO's budget will include funds earmarked for research at universities of applied sciences. With effect from 1 January 2014, the temporary taskforce will take over the responsibility of Stichting Innovatie Alliantie for realising the RAAK regulation. Becoming part of the NWO system for funding will ensure continuity in the process of increasing the quality of the practice-oriented research. In addition, the temporary taskforce will initiate activities aimed at the further development of the research by universities of applied sciences and the impact of this on education and professional practice. In doing this it will contribute to strengthening the knowledge chain, which runs from fundamental research to innovation in professional practice. For NWO, the close ties between practice-oriented research and SMEs mean a broadening and intensification of the contracts with companies and public institutions that are an important driving force for innovation in the Netherlands.
For small and medium-sized companies and organisations in the public sector, practice-oriented research is often the only link with the knowledge sector. Usually these organisations are dependent on universities of applied sciences for research. For students, practice-oriented research offers an additional challenge during their study. It increases the quality of the education and enables the students to acquire an investigative attitude, which will benefit the companies that the students work for later. Lecturers at universities of applied sciences also benefit: through lectorates they can keep their knowledge up-to-date and they also acquire research skills.
Richard Slotman is the director of the Task Force for Applied Research.
Dr Chris Mombers (deputy director Technology Foundation STW) is the managing director
- Taskforce for Applied Research
- Van Vollenhovenlaan 661, Utrecht, the Netherlands
- tel: +31 (0)30 600 13 80