Rules and Procedures
The University covers a wide range of research areas, which represent the interests of its faculty members. Funding streams for the support of research activities include both internal and external funding. Internal research funding entails the allocation of a part of the University's budget to research activities. In contrast, funding from external sources stems mainly from European and other international research programmes and programmes funded by the National Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF).
The new FPC research policy is expected to be announced soon.
Basic and Applied Research
The University encourages and supports:
Basic theoretical research aimed at the promotion of scientific and technological knowledge.
Applied research, conducted for a specific commercial or client-driven purpose, investigate areas, mainly technology and innovation, such as the development of new services and products, innovative processes and methods.
Research results, in both cases, are publicised in monographs, international journals and magazines, conference proceedings and other publications.
Freedom of research
The Open University of Cyprus is a strong promoter of freedom, scientific thought and research, in the context of transparency and academic ethics. Within this framework, temporary confidentiality of research outcomes and results is permitted and protected, where necessary.
The University's research programmes can be funded as follows:
- from University sources (internal funding) which include:
- funds from the Republic of Cyprus (government sponsorship)
- revenue from services to third parties, from commercial exploitation of patents, and products resulting from funded works.
- from external sources, which include:
- special contributions, funds and donations from legal entities of public or private law or individuals
- international organisations interested in promoting research in specific scientific areas
- sponsored research by Cypriot, European or international research organisations
Note: it is prohibited to use University property for personal financial profit.
The Research Committee coordinates the research strategy and policy of the Open University of Cyprus. Its goal is to promote, improve, develop research activities, and disseminate scientific research conducted across the scientific community and society.
Chairman: Assistant Professor Antonis Zorpas
Professor Vayos Liapis, Vice Rector
Associate Professor Antonis Petrides
Professor Costas Leonidou
Assistant Professor Jahna Otterbacher
Mr Michael Savva, University Officer – Research, Innovation and Liaison Unit
Mrs. Georgia Panayidou, University Officer – Accounting Department