This page covers topics you need to consider before starting your research project.
Before the start of a research project you need to search for financial resources and write a project proposal for grant application.
Searching for research funds
Research staff, PhD's and students looking for (additional) funding can use the global subsidy database Research Professional. Research Professional offers specific search options, email alerts, calendar alerts and newsletters on selected research areas and types of financing.
Grant application support
The Grants Office of the University of Twente supports researchers in their grant applications. You can find more information about these services and the programs they support on the Grants office page.
For improving your publication list for grant application LISA information specialists can help you identify which of your articles are highly cited or which journals are the best (e.g. Q1 journals) in your field.
For help send your question to the Research Support Desk.
When setting up your research you may have to deal with the following issues.
- Searching and using scientific information
- Arranging ICT facilities for your research
- Organizing collaboration with fellow researchers
- Registering your research project
- Archiving your research project
Searching and using scientific information
One of the first activities when starting a research is reading literature on the subject. For searching and using scientific information use the Digital library services. You can use the FindUT search tool to discover the collection of the UT library, most of it full text online available. Furthermore the digital library presents an overview of available literature databases and other (scientific) information sources. You can also find advice about searching for scientific information per discipline in the subject guides.
To learn how to search and use scientific information effectively and efficiently, you can follow the Scientific Information course.
ICT facilities for your research
From the start of your research you can use general ICT facilities. When you need specific hardware or software the ICT account manager in your faculty can help you or your group.
There are different research labs available at the UT. LISA can offer ICT support for setting up and maintaining a research lab.
When setting up your research you and your colleagues may want to collaborate in an Office document and see everyone’s changes the moment they occur. In this case you can use real-time co-authoring in UT Sharepoint.
Registering your research project In the course of your research project, you should to add the following information and output in Pure Research Information.
- The description of your project
- The descriptions and full text of your publications
- The descriptions of and link to the data sets
All descriptions and, when allowed, also the full text of the publications will be presented on the public portal UT Research Information.
Archiving your research project
During research it is important to provide for conditions that preserve project documents (in archival terms: records) certain period or even permanent.
The Archive department of LISA can help you with:
- ensuring your records of historical, fiscal, and legal value
- identification and preservation of your records
- discarding non-essential records in a timely manner, according to Dutch guidelines and identified legislation. For support contact the archive specialist/record manager of your faculty or send your question to the Research Support Desk.
Research data management helps you to work more efficiently, improves the integrity and impact of your research. Writing a data management plan is the best start for this and is required by many research funders.
Data management plan
A data management plan (DMP) describes what data you will collect and how, the way you will store and share them securely during the research project, and how you will make them sustainably available afterwards. It also addresses legal issues, such as copyright, the right to use the data and the treatment of sensitive data.
You can find more information about writing a DMP on the research data management page.
To learn how to write a DMP a course is available.
Research funders like NWO, ZonMW and the EU have policies regarding research data management. An important part of these policies is that the researcher must deliver a data management plan before or during the start of the funded project.
You can find more information about funders' data management policies on the research data management page.
Good and trustworthy research is based on proper scientific behaviour. When starting your research, pay attention to the issue of good management and scientific integrity as well as to ethical review and relevant UT policies.
Ethics committees and advisors at the UT facilitate and monitor the ethical issues of all research involving human subjects and/or personal data. Read more about ethics assessment for research on the UT scientific integrity page.
Ethical review procedures differ per faculty or institute. Check the ethics committee webpage:
The University of Twente has an overall data policy on how to handle research data. This policy serves as a starting point for tailored data policies of faculties and/or institutes, and research groups. Data policies give regulations and guidelines regarding data management plans as well as the storage, security, documentation, sharing and archiving of research data.
If available, check also the data policy of your group for specific facilities, guidelines and responsibilities.
Open access policy
From the start of your research it is important to be aware that the University of Twente is in strong favour of open access to the results of publicly funded research. The advantages of open-access publishing are enormous for you and your research. Your Open Access publications are available for anyone with an Internet connection. This increases your article’s visibility, downloads, citations, and impact.
Visit the UT Open Access page for more information.
Privacy and security policy
The University of Twente researcher has to work safely and securely, especially when working with personal data. On the Cyber safety page you can find the most relevant national and UT policies and regulations.