Research Support Organisation at Dalarna University

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The Research Support Organisation at the University comprises a group of representatives from University Administration, the Library, and the Education and Research Office.

The guiding principles of the support organisation are the University’s objectives and priorities, internal and external directives and regulations, and the needs of the University’s research profiles and schools. Important in the work is ongoing dialogue with management, the research profiles, the schools, and the University Faculty Board. Also important is the monitoring of external matters related to Swedish and European research policy, and collaboration with both other institutes of higher education as well as research funding bodies.

We are currently working to develop the support organisation, with focus on internal coordination within and between the various support groups and the central organisation.

The research support organisation should:

  • create a system that allows for systematic quality assurance of the University’s research organisation through the development of internal support processes, external monitoring, professional development, and follow-up;
  • contribute to providing all researchers and doctoral students at the University with information about the University’s mission, the ties between research and education, and current internal and external rules and conditions for their work; and
  • provide guidance and support to researchers and doctoral students throughout the research process and period of study, and with applications for external research funding.

Support is consultative and operative, and can also take the form of education.

Contact

Monika Matevska Stier
Strategic Advisor for External Research Funding
mmv@du.s
Telephone: 023-77 84 76

External Research Funding

The Strategic Advisor for External Research Funding coordinates and develops the university-wide work with external research funding, while also providing support to management, the research profiles, the schools, and the University Faculty Board.

More specifically, this involves:

  • monitoring of Swedish and European research policy, as well as strategically important questions regarding external research funding;
  • dialogues with larger research-funding bodies about programmes and application strategies, as well as about the University’s priorities, needs, opportunities, and challenges;
  • being part of national and international networks with focus on research funding and questions related to this;
  • holding dialogues with Dalarna University researchers about application strategies (with particular focus on Knowledge Foundation programmes and EU framework programmes);
  • coordinating the University’s input on upcoming programmes and announcements by funding bodies;
  • coordinating the University’s research support organisation;
  • following up on the University’s external research funding (in collaboration with the university-wide research support); and
  • contributing to long-term, systematic professional development and learning within the organisation with regards to external research funding.

More Information

The internal process for applications for external research funding:

(Save the files below and then fill them out.)

Contact

Monika Matevska Stier
Strategic Advisor for External Research Funding
mmv@du.s
Telephone: 023-77 84 76

Researcher Integrity and Research Ethics

As a researcher, you are expected to know and follow the laws, rules, and ethical guidelines that regulate and set ethical requirements for your work throughout the research process.

Researcher integrity is about the relation between the researcher and the research assignment itself. As a researcher, you have the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that your research is of high quality and ethically acceptable. You must always follow sound research and documentation practices. Different research categories also have their own rules and guidelines (CODEX).

Scientific misconduct is about intentionally departing from scientific requirements in a misleading manner or about consciously breaking generally accepted norms. It is about fabricating, falsifying, and plagiarising academic data and results.

The Research Ethics Committee (FEN) at the University processes reports of scientific misconduct: see the Research Ethics Committee webpage.

Research ethics concerns issues about the protection of individuals who are included in, and are/can be, affected by the research. For example, considerations related to:

  • information to research participants
  • consent – adults, children, and teenagers
  • recording of conversations/interviews
  • participant observations, ethnography, and fieldwork
  • storage of material
  • online research.

Further Information

Processing of Personal Data

The University has a data protection officer who provides advice and support on issues related to personal data in research. This may be in regards to

  • Report the processing of personal data
  • The design of information for research participants
  • The review of contracts
  • The rights of the registered individual
  • Risk assessment and security measures to protect personal data

On May 25, 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force within the European Union. This replaces the Swedish law PUL. GDPR aims to increase identity protection for the individual, and regulates the processing and storage of personal data.

See Personal Data Protection (webpage).

Contact

Data Protection Officer: dataskydd@du.se

Processing of Research Data

As a government organisation, Dalarna University must document, store, archive, and make accessible research data in a safe, correct, and sustainable way throughout the research process.  The University’s research data support group coordinates competence within the organisation, and provides and develops support to researchers related to issues such as

  • Documentation of data during the research process
  • Drawing up of plans for the processing of data
  • Selection of storage space for research data
  • Decisions on file format
  • Archiving of research data
  • Publishing of research data
  • Enforcing regulations that deal with the processing of research data

Working within the University’s research data support group are representatives from the University Library, Archives, Personal Data Protection, and IT. A reference group of researchers has also been set up.

More Information

Research Data Support

Contact

Email: forskningsdata@du.se

Scientific Publication

The University Library supports and advises on issues related to research and scientific publication such as:

  • Rules for scientific publication, DiVA, and Open Access at Dalarna University
  • DiVA – Dalarna University’s publications database
  • Open Access – making scientific results accessible on the Internet
  • Bibliometrics – analysis of research publications
  • ORCID – international ID for researchers
  • Referencing
  • Allocation of ISBN/ISSN for Dalarna University publication series (reports and theses)
  • Processing of research data
  • Doctoral studies course

More Information

The Library’s Research Support and Publishing

Research Communication

The Marketing and Communications Office helps you communicate your research as follows:

  • Adapted communication to suit the target group, when it comes to publications, theses and successful research funding applications;
  • Help with drawing up a communication plan for research projects;
  • Support and advice with regards to, for example, personal profile pages on the Dalarna University website, and information on the web about research projects and conferences; and
  • Communication with journalists

More Information

Storefront

In Storefront, you can create your own graphic products that are in accordance with the University’s graphic profile: for example, conference material, information leaflets, invitations, and posters. Be sure to give yourself lots of time to place orders at the printers.

Contact

Email: Kommunikationsavdelningen@du.se

Financing and Audits

Dalarna University provides assistance with the management of funding for research projects at the application phase, during the project, at the conclusion of the project, and in conjunction with audits.

This comprises:

  • Dialogue at an early stage about the financial aspects of the project idea;
  • Advice on the funding body’s financial regulations in conjunction with advertisements;
  • Budget planning/drawing up of budgets and internal economic calculations in collaboration with the project leader;
  • Project reports during the project;
  • Help in conjunction with audits; and
  • Follow-ups

More Information

Contact

Email: ekonomisupport@du.se

Digital Filing and Archiving in Research Projects

According to Swedish law, the majority of documents that are part of a research project are official documents (allmänna handlingar) and must be filed digitally in the University’s system. This is the responsibility of the researcher/project leader. When they are filed digitally, they are also archived automatically; however, in some cases (certain types of research data), they must be submitted to the archive system in conjunction with project closure.

Digital Filing (Diarieföring)

Researchers can receive support and assistance with digital filing: the support and assistance includes the management and administration of official documents, as well as checking on dates for reports in accordance with the project agreement.

Examples of documents that must be filed in the university system:

  • Research applications (all components required by the funding body)
  • Other documentation in conjunction with internal decisions regarding communication with the funding body (decision report, checklist, internal financial budget)
  • Decisions from the funding body
  • Signed contracts with the funding body (in original)
  • Contracts with the project partners
  • Applications and decisions on ethical vetting
  • Project reports (both scientific and financial)
  • Financial documentation, follow-ups and auditing papers, etc.
  • Important communication/correspondence with funding bodies, coordinators, and project partners
  • Contract changes and budget changes
  • Applications and decisions regarding changes of research funding recipient

Contact

Official documents for filing should be sent to registrator@du.se. You can also email this address for advice.

Anette Lindgren, Head Registrar
Hanna Rudolph, Archivist/Registrar
Ellinor Säfström, Archivist
Inger Hermansson, Administrator

Administrative Assistants


Agneta Hybinette, School of Humanities and Media Studies
Annette Lenne, School of Technology and Business Studies
Inger Nylander, School of Education, Health and Social Studies

Archiving

The research support organisation provides support and advice with, for example:

  • The Swedish rules regarding transparency and confidentiality
  • Regulations for storage and deletion of different types of research documents
  • Information processing in research projects
  • Storage of research data during the project and archiving at the end of the project

Contact

Email: arkiv@du.se

Hanna Rudolph, Archivist/Registrar
Ellinor Säfström, Archivist

Doctoral Studies Support

Dalarna University awards doctoral degrees in three fields:

  • Health and Welfare with Focus on Evidence-Based Practice
  • Microdata Analysis
  • Pedagogical Work

Some 70 doctoral students from Sweden and other countries are active at Dalarna University.

Each doctoral studies programme has a Director of Doctoral Studies. Working with the academic supervisors, the Director is responsible for the administrative elements of doctoral studies and for ensuring a good study environment for doctoral students. A Doctoral Studies Coordinator assists the Directors and is also the secretary of the Graduate Studies Committee (FUN).

More Information

Contact

  • Renée Flacking, Director of Doctoral Studies – Health and Welfare with Focus on Evidence-Based Practice
  • Kenneth Carling, Director of Doctoral Studies – Microdata Analysis
  • Gunn Nyberg, Director of Doctoral Studies – Pedagogical Work
  • Märet Brunnstedt, Doctoral Studies Coordinator

Consultation on Legal Matters

For questions on legal matters, for example, contracts and intellectual property rights related to research projects, contact the Office of the Vice-Chancellor: registrator@du.se.

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