In 2022 ÖPUK joined the European initiative to promote a reform in research assessment as an early signatory. It has since joined the CoARA initiative as a full member to represent all private higher education institutions in Austria.
Since its founding in December 2022, 423 members from 35 countries worldwide have joined CoARA (as of February 24, 2023).
The Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment sets a shared direction for changes in assessment practices for research, researchers and research performing organisations, with the overarching goal to maximise the quality and impact of research. Based on 10 commitments, establishes a common direction for research assessment reform, while respecting organisations’ autonomy.
The Agreement includes the principles, commitments and timeframe for reforms and lays out the principles for a Coalition of organisations willing to work together in implementing the changes.
The process of drafting an Agreement on reforming research assessment was initiated in January 2022. More than 350 organisations from over 40 countries were involved. Organisations involved included public and private research funders, universities, research centres, institutes and infrastructures, associations and alliances thereof, national and regional authorities, accreditation and evaluation agencies, learned societies and associations of researchers, and other relevant organisations, representing a broad diversity of views and perspectives.
Further information at: www.coara.eu