Ley Orgánica 6/2001 de 21 de diciembre, de Universidades sees research as both a right and duty of university teaching staff. In order to support and foster dedication to research by teaching staff, and notwithstanding individual free research, universities may create and organise, amongst other structures, their own research groups.
When conducting their own internal procedures for the creation of their recognised research groups, universities may include the preliminary assessment carried out by ACSUCYL of teaching, research and other merits accumulated by candidates, in accordance with the criteria established by each university.
For this purpose, the Agency includes this assessment programme in its Catálogo de Servicios de evaluación (392 kbytes) , such that universities may solicitar la prestación (111 kbytes) this service which, subsequent to approval by ACSUCYL’S Board of Directors and the signing of the corresponding contract, will give way to the assessment process.
ACSUCYL conducts assessment of research groups through the Research Assessment Committee , which is responsible amongst other tasks for:
Planning and coordinating the assessment process.
Designing, approving and publishing the assessment criteria and methods.
Adopting joint final assessment decisions.
In order to perform its tasks, the committee draws on the advice of experts, setting up a scientific panel related to the area of knowledge where the research group is linked. Said experts are from universities outside Castilla y León.
The work undertaken by the members of the committee and the experts in the scientific panel is subject to the Agency's Código Ético (556 kbytes) .