The Faculty of Social Sciences bases its core activities on research of the highest quality which has an impact on relevant scientific and societal contexts. This is conditional on creative and efficient research organization, participation in strong international research networks, internal and external collaboration opportunities, attractive work conditions, risk tolerance in management and financing as well as research training characterized by quality, efficiency and a high international standard. At the same time, the continuous development of research quality presupposes systematic and on-going assessment of the research and the framework in which it is conducted.
High-quality research breaks new ground, and creating the conditions for this is crucial for these breakthroughs to be supported in the process towards establishment and consolidation as strong research environments with international clout. Identification of innovative research which challenges established theories, methods and paradigms thus requires competent and risk-minded management; this is often facilitated by interdisciplinary collaboration and collaboration with external actors.
An increase in the acquisition of external funding is essential to secure attractive research conditions. Researchers at the Faculty of Social Sciences are successful in acquiring external funding, including funding exposed to competition, as well as funding from collaboration projects with business enterprises, public authorities etc. Both funding types reflect the Faculty’s focus on the scientific and societal impact of research as well as the importance of knowledge collaboration with external actors. In order to ensure the appropriate utilization of resources as well as the greatest possible success in their work, departments and research environments should, to the largest extent possible, base their acquisition of external research funding and their concrete collaboration agreements on strategic priorities.