This week, the National Science and Technology Development Council of Ukraine made a decision to introduce certification of higher educational establishments concerning their scientific activity. This step will help identify the best universities that will receive state funding for the development of science. The project of state certification of higher educational establishments was also approved.
According to Liliia Hrynevych, the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, the basic funding for science development in higher educational establishments will not be regarded as an uncontrolled distribution of funds but as a tool for supporting the best scientific areas that will be selected according to clear, transparent criteria.
The basic funding will be directed to support specific academic areas at universities. The funding period will last five years. State support is expected to promote the development of relevant areas of research and attract young researchers.
Considering the fact that classical universities combine different areas of research, it is planned to evaluate seven separate areas.
Scientific activity of higher educational establishments will be evaluated by reputable experts. They will take into account quantitative indicators of a specific scientific field for the last five years, its current potential, and the development plan for the next five years.
According to the evaluation results, research areas of universities will be classified into three categories:
A – leaders with a priority for funding;
B – research areas occupying mid-positions, which will get funding on conditions of costs availability;
C – research areas that matter mainly to the scientific work of universities and thus cannot apply for funding.
At the same time, all research areas regardless of the category they belong to can apply for competitive funding.
NB: The National Science and Technology Development Council of Ukraine is a permanent consultative and advisory body under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine headed by the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Source: Ministry of Education and Science