Eindhoven University of Technology places great value on quality assurance in research. We therefore periodically invite external experts to assess all research carried out at TU/e. For these assessments, the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP 2015-2021) is used. This protocol was drawn up by the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) and VSNU ( Association of Universities in the Netherlands), and is used in all research assessments carried out under their responsability.
An international assessment committee of renowned peers judges the performance of a research unit on three criteria: research quality, relevance to society and viability. The committee assigns the research unit to a particular category on the scale of one to four, one being the highest. The committee also provides a qualitative assessment of the policy on scientific integrity and PhD programmes. Evaluation is based on a site visit by the committee and on a written self-assessmen of the research unit.
TU/e strives for collaboration with other universities to ensure simultaneous assessment of research in the same fields. Where joint assessments are not possible, research groups are assessed individually.
The schedule for research assessment at TU/e is as follows:
|Discipline||Period||Date of the site visit||Board position document|
|Biomedical Engineering||2009-2016||2017||Board position|
|Built Environment||2010-2015||2016||Board position|
|Chemical Engineering and Chemistry||2008-2014||2015||Board position 2015|
|Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences||2010-2016||2017||Board position 2017|
|Computer Science||2009-2014||2015||Board position 2009-2014|
|Mathematics||2009-2014||2015||Board position 2015|
The committee reports to the executive board of the university. The executive board provides a board position document after receiving the report. Both documents are made public via links in the schedule above. The research unit uses the recommendations by the committee to make a plan for improvements.