EATRIS signs agreement to maximise quality and impact of research and becomes member of CoARA

Published 5 December 2022

In November, EATRIS signed the “Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment” and became a member of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA). The agreement sets out a shared direction for changes in assessment practices for research, researchers and research organisations with the overarching goal of maximising the quality and impact of research. This requires basing assessment primarily on qualitative judgement, for which peer review is central, supported by responsible use of quantitative indicators.

About signing the agreement and joining CoARA, Anne-Charlotte Fauvel (Head of Head of EU Affairs at EATRIS) said: “As a research infrastructure committed to translate research findings into real world benefits, EATRIS warmly welcomes the agreement and the future work of the Coalition to re-evaluate what we define as scientific success. Time has come to improve our research culture and we are proud and excited to be part of this journey.”

On 1 December 2022, EATRIS participated in the Constitutive Assembly, formally adopting CoARA’s governance documents, rules of procedure and code of conduct. The Assembly also elected Rianne Letschert, President of Maastricht University as Chair of the Coalition.

Signatures to the Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment and CoARA membership remain open to additional organisations that wish to get involved, including organisations from outside of Europe.

Watch an ERA (European Research Area) talk here on Reforming Research Assessment from July 2022:

Find out more about the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) here:


Anne-Charlotte Fauvel
Head of EU Affairs