Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.59
Liaison Maria Ayala
Submission Date Dec. 26, 2018
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Universidad San Francisco de Quito
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Diego Cisneros
Research Coordinator
Chancellors Office
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Universidad San Francisco de Quito is pleased to offer an undergraduate research option for international students studying at the Cumbayá (main) Campus for a semester or year, entitled Latitude Zero: Ecuador's Research Initiative (L0ERI). USFQ is able to offer a wide range of research opportunities to qualified students.

 Participating students have the opportunity to conduct a research project in conjunction with a USFQ faculty member in various fields of study. The project is undertaken as a 3-credit independent study course in the field of relevance over the duration of a semester. Participants also select from USFQ classes (some of which are taught in English) in a variety of subject areas.

Participants in the L0ERI program commit to work on the research activity over the course of the semester, according to the needs of the professor and project.
 As highlighted in the program´s research option, potential areas of focus include ethnic identity, biotechnology, renewable energy, entrepreneurship, economic development, biodiversity, GIS, water quality analysis, structural and mechanical engineering, climate change, community health, chemistry and ecology. All related to sustainability. More information on the program can be accessed at: http://www.usfq.edu.ec/opi/international-students/Paginas/loeri-program.aspx#demoTab2

Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the Dean of Research has created a fund to sponsor groups that generate new research projects, called Collaboration Grants. For the year 2017-2018, 13 winners were chosen.

The purpose of Collaboration Grants is to finance and promote interdisciplinary and international collaborations that will result in the creation and/or strengthening of collaborative research networks, in publications, and in the transfer and creation of new, relevant, and innovative knowledge. Collaboration grants are given once a year, for $10,000 each. One of the selection criteria is that the research project is inter or multi-disciplinary and has alone term impact on society or stakeholders. Results are announced December 2017

In addition, since 2016 the University´s Galápagos Science Center (GSC), issues an annual research grant application call, whose objective is to fund scientific research in the Galápagos islands in the areas of biology/ecology, conservation or social sciences with a strong environment and environmental management focus and a contribution to sustainable development within the framework of environmental sustainability. The application calls are open to full time faculty of all disciplines, who have contributed though courses, workshops or other to the GSC, faculty members can also apply in collaboration. The funding offered is up to $10,000. These grants pass through a selection process, with the Galápagos National Park participation, where the project´s research relevance to science, conservation and sustainable management is evaluated during the pre selection phase. The grant winner is required to publish at least one article in a peer reviewed scientific publication with international recognition. Since its issue, more than 51 projects have been funded in areas such as: human-environment relationships, marine ecology, microbiology, earth sciences, sustainable management and conservation.

Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The University´s internal procedure for faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions include, at the various faculty levels, that full faculty members are eligible for promotions when (amongst others) they have 1) created of published a defined number of relevant works per category, 2) have participated in a defined number of relevant research projects with a minimum duration of which at least a number must have involved collaboration with foreign researchers, institutions or research networks, and 3) have directed or co directed doctoral or masters research thesis. The specifications on duration and number of projects vary depending on the faculty category.

Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

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