Voorzitter College van Bestuur
In: Uncategorized16 Feb 2012
In an attempt to allow the supply-side to determine where government research funding should be allocated, 10 so-called ‘top sectors’ have been identified which will collectively draw on 350mln euros of NWO/KNAW’s research budgets by 2015. This means that all non-top sector research domains will be starved to the point where we can expect that success rates will drop below a critical mass. If a researcher can predict that the chances of hitting a win are smaller than, say, 10%, I wonder what this will do for his/her motivation to spend much time in securing funding. For our university, options are limited to chase the market through the top sectors, since we are not active in agro/food, chemicals, energy or any other big ticket items of the top sectors. At best we can expect to successfully bid in life sciences, logistics or through alliances with other groups. The zero-sum environment of the funding council NWO budget will pose severe challenges for universities like ours in the years to come. This will force us to look for alternative sources of funds with renewed vigour.
Pauline van der Meer Mohr is president of the Executive Board and is responsible for general administrative matters, such as the relationship with the Board of Trustees and the University Council. She focuses on the strategic policy, international affairs and external contacts, including the Rotterdam region, industry and other knowledge institutions.