The heart of academic endeavor is research, expressed
through research projects, publishing articles, and guiding graduate students.
The main goal of the Research and Development Authority, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is to increase research production, to encourage and
assist research among university researchers, and to handle the administrative
side of the research grants.
The RDA is directly subordinate to the Vice President and
Dean of Research and Development, which sets and outlines the University's
Authority staff accompanies the researchers throughout the
research process. The Authority is divided into two; each division is made up
of several sections.
Pre-grant research: This division includes the
Research Liaison Section, the Scientific Publication Section and the Advisor to
the Vice President for Special Projects. These sections are responsible for
locating calls for proposals, distribution and marketing, assistance in formulating
selected projects, scientific editing, researcher guidance in writing a
research proposal and negotiating the terms of the research contract.
Post-grant research: This division includes the Research Budget
Management: Israeli Section, Budget & Management: International Section,
and the Comptroller's Office. Responsibilities include training researchers on how
to build a budget, guidance on proper management of the budget in accordance
with the fund's procedures, regular monitoring of expenses, preparation of
financial statements, and collection.
The sources of funding for research are varied and come from
government, public, and industrial bodies in Israel and around the world, and
as direct donations and sources that the University makes available to its
researchers, including grants to encourage interdisciplinary and inter-faculty
We, at the Research and Development Authority, do everything
possible to encourage, assist and promote the success of our researchers and
research teams who spend countless hours developing and researching, thereby
furthering the University's reputation.
We are proud to be part of the institution's success and
will continue to work with dedication and determination to advance both
scientific research and the University's goals.