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R-QUEST – Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies

The Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies (R-QUEST), which is funded by the RCN FORINNPOL initiative, is an 8-year commitment of several partners to explore the nature and mechanisms of research quality. The main objective is to understand research assessments, standards, and practices in different fields of research. In general, R-QUEST helps policy makers in their efforts to develop the best framework conditions for high quality research. Three closely related questions are being addressed:

  • What is research quality? How are notions of research quality negotiated, established and practiced, and what are the mechanisms through which these notions affect policy?
  • What are the drivers of high quality research, and what is the role of policy in developing outstanding research?
  • What are the effects of high quality research on society?

These questions are being addressed through three interrelated research strands:

  • Understanding research quality
  • Conditions for high research quality
    • Country level studies
    • Research groups and research organisations
  • Effects on society





8 years (May 2016-April 2024)


research quality, policy impact


Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, University of Oslo, University of Aarhus, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University of Manchester

CWTS Staff

Thed van Leeuwen, Ingeborg Meijer, Sarah de Rijcke, Thomas Franssen, Paul Wouters



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