Appendix A
Terms of Reference

  1. Development of a unified system of evaluation (peer review) of quality and impact of research programs; valuation and development of the disciplines; and development of recommendations on improving the research system;

  2. Development of effective management of the operational environment of research; ensuring the diversity of scientific research;

  3. Promotion of international cooperation as well as cooperation among research funding agencies to improve quality standards of scientific research; concentration and strategic distribution of resources (open competition for talented researchers, etc.);

  4. Development and introduction of principles and measures for assurance of quality;

  5. Development and introduction of science development indicators; promoting researcher mobility;

  6. Determination and development of measures for promoting research fields of national importance;

  7. Development of proposals and recommendations for a system of effective and results-aimed research programs; analyses of fields of science and factors concerning the entire research system;

  8. Introduction and implementation of systematic researcher training programs;

  9. Development of proposals and plans for scientific research activity;

  10. Identification and introduction of methods and approaches for increasing the relevance of scientific research programs (regional, society, economic, technology, culture, environment);



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Science and Technology in Kazakhstan: Current Status and Future Prospects Appendix A Terms of Reference Development of a unified system of evaluation (peer review) of quality and impact of research programs; valuation and development of the disciplines; and development of recommendations on improving the research system; Development of effective management of the operational environment of research; ensuring the diversity of scientific research; Promotion of international cooperation as well as cooperation among research funding agencies to improve quality standards of scientific research; concentration and strategic distribution of resources (open competition for talented researchers, etc.); Development and introduction of principles and measures for assurance of quality; Development and introduction of science development indicators; promoting researcher mobility; Determination and development of measures for promoting research fields of national importance; Development of proposals and recommendations for a system of effective and results-aimed research programs; analyses of fields of science and factors concerning the entire research system; Introduction and implementation of systematic researcher training programs; Development of proposals and plans for scientific research activity; Identification and introduction of methods and approaches for increasing the relevance of scientific research programs (regional, society, economic, technology, culture, environment);

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Science and Technology in Kazakhstan: Current Status and Future Prospects Determination of main priorities of high-level basic research to generate new knowledge; Measures and recommendations to promote open competition in R&D funding; Recommendations on diversification of scientific information infrastructure (modernization of information services, networks of scientific and technical libraries); Recommendations on elimination of obstacles to the transfer of knowledge and technology; Development and introduction of a human resources management system in science; Identification and evaluation of unique scientific capabilities and infrastructures that are in short supply regionally or globally; and Recommendations on how development assistance can best be sustained in the science sector so that Kazakhstan can benefit.