Agreement to establish a Coalition on Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) – Round Table in Brussels | 1 December

16 November 2022 | From UNICA - From partners

Agreement to establish a Coalition on Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) – Round Table in Brussels | 1 December

Save the date | 1 December: Round Table on Reforming Research Assessment

The Interim Secretariat of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA), composed of the European University Association, Science Europe, and the European Commission, will organise a round table on reforming research assessment on 1 December 2022, from 17:00 to 18:30 CET. The round table will be an in-person event in Brussels, with the aim to present the outcomes of the CoARA Constitutive Assembly to the wider public.

Signing the Agreement and joining the Coalition can be done at any moment. Check all information at www.coara.eu


Previous updates:

08 November 2022

UNICA joins 182 other organisations, as signatories to the Agreement. UNICA, therefore, demonstrates its commitment as a Network to contribute actively and constructively to reforming research assessment.


29 September 2022

The research and innovation community is moving forward with seeing the value created by researchers duly recognised! In July 2022, following an extensive co-creation exercise, the Stakeholder Assembly presented the final Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment. Few months forward, EU R&I Days participants had the chance to take a look at the Agreement and what does that mean in practice. As part of the session, fostering great support and cooperation, it was also announced that the Agreement is officially opened for signature (as of 28/09/2022).

This process, outlined in the Agreement, puts forward a shared direction for changes in assessment practices for research, researchers and research performing organisations, while respecting organisations’ autonomy. The goal of this shared direction is to broaden the diversity of recognised research outputs and activities, thus maximising the quality and impact of research.

With set principles, commitments and timeframe for reforms outlined, all signatories should acknowledge that this Agreement does not have any legally binding effect, yet it represents a public commitment to contribute actively and constructively to reforming research assessment. It also lays out the principles for a Coalition of organisations willing to work together in implementing the changes. This will be known as Coalition on Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) and will be officially established by the end of 2022.


What is the Agreement to establish the CoARA?

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. It results of an extensive co-creation exercise led by EUA, together with Science Europe, Dr. Karen Stroobants (in her individual capacity as researcher with expertise in research on research), and the European Commission.

The Agreement includes the principles, commitments and timeframe for reforms and lays out the principles for a Coalition of organisations – the CoARA – willing to work together in implementing the changes. The Coalition will be officially established by the end of 2022.

Learn more at the website of CoARA.


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