Radboud University

Research at Radboud University

The research at Radboud University is of a high academic quality and is characterised by integrity and academic freedom. Curiosity is the primary driver for our researchers. This is also true when the emphasis of their research is on its application to society.

Cooperation between disciplines

We are a broad­based university with a dynamic range of research focuses. Our combination of academic disciplines provides opportunities for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research. On our compact campus, we work closely with the Radboud university medical center and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Our research responds to the complex problems of today and tomorrow.
We encourage cooperation between disciplines and we challenge our staff to engage in cross­disciplinary research. Our students are involved in research wherever possible, which enriches both teaching and research.

International orientation

We encourage our researchers to be actively involved and to take the lead role in international research networks and projects. We work in international programmes, European ones in particular, in order to secure resources for our research and to enhance collaboration with top universities, companies and civil society organisations abroad.


Our university invests in unique research facilities of international significance. Examples are the combination of magnets and lasers for materials research at HFML­ FELIX and brain scan facilities for research at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, as well as the wealth of research opportunities offered by the Catholic Documentation Centre and the University Library’s special collections. Companies, organisations and institutions can come to our university and take advantage of our range of rooms, facilities, labs and equipment.

Sustainable development goals

As a university, we feel a responsibility for the world in which we live. We want to be in the vanguard when it comes to achieving the United Nations sustainable development goals and to make our own contribution to the changes needed in the world in the coming decades.

Open culture

At Radboud University we have complete academic freedom and an open culture. It is axiomatic that our researchers exchange ideas openly with one another. This also means giving and receiving criticism and understanding that academic research is an ongoing process in which we openly share and discuss our findings.

Academic integrity

Our research meets the standards of academic integrity. We make clear agreements about staff involvement and the use of knowledge in start­ups, for example. We see academic integrity as the shared responsibility of individual researchers, the research group and the university as a whole. Academic integrity is also part of our students’ training. We apply the national code of conduct for academic integrity in our research as well as our teaching.

Research funded by public money should make a contribution to society and be publicly accessible wherever possible. We facilitate and support our researchers in this endeavour.

Research Institutes

All research at Radboud University takes place in research institutes.

Research assessments

All research institutes are periodically evaluated by an independent, international peer review committee of renowned scientists. The research assessments are carried out according to the Standard Evaluation Protocol for Public Research Organizations as defined by the Associations of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This protocol regards quality, productivity, social relevance and vitality.

When a research programme isn’t graded with at least 'very good', a plan of action is made to reach that level. If the assessment has not improved in the following review, then the programme will be terminated.

Research support and collaboration

Radboud University provides a solid support structure for researchers who consider applying for national and international funding schemes. Radboud University funding support staff team up with the research community to successfully participate in these programmes. We warmly welcome national and international public and private partners with an interest in engaging in research with impact.

Research in our annual reports

Our annual report gives you more information on our research of the past year.