The Division of Research Support, Office of Research Affairs is responsible for providing services for research.
The Division of Research Support provides funding for participating in and hosting international seminars, workshops, inviting outside scholars to campus, and publishing fees. Travel costs are partially covered when participating in renowned international seminars.
The Division keeps track of faculty members’ research, statistically analyzes the results and compares them with other institutions, and communicates them to the public. It is required for all faculty members to report at the end of each year, all published papers, proceedings, publications, and intellectual properties acquired during the year. Those who do not report their ‘achievements’ will be exempt from receiving Research Achievement Bonuses, and also will not be able to receive any research ‘incentives’ during the following year from the overheads mentioned above.
In order to establish a reliable database of the research achievements of faculty members, a management system has been implemented. When communicating research results to the media, faculty must go through the Office of Research. Normally research results are accounted for in monthly departmental reports, but when publishing in high profile journals such as Science or Nature, one must report the date and content of the paper to the Office, which will assign a committee of expert peers who will recommend whether or not to release the results to the media.
Sabbatical leaves are granted to all fully instated faculty members, to provide an opportunity to broaden or deepen educational interests, to explore new areas, and to maintain the high level of academic excellence necessary to meet the missions of Seoul National University. Leaves may be taken for 1 semester every 3 years, or for 1 year every 6 years, after an initial 3 years of consecutive full employment. However, only up to one seventh of the faculty of a department may be on leave at the same time.
Required research personnel may be recruited from researchers with relevant experience in research institutes and elsewhere. To employ a researcher, you must apply to the Division with the appropriate paperwork on the 1st or 15th of any month. Contracts are for under 1 year, but renewable. About 1,400 researchers are currently employed by Seoul National University.
The Committee on Research Integrity was assembled to ensure the integrity of research done in the University by preventing any improper conduct or practices. Violation of the guidelines on research ethics will be subject to investigation, and punishment.
The Committee on Bio-Ethics was established to guide and provide both scientific, and ethical integrity to research pertaining to humans, and to protect the rights of those participating in experiments. All research related to or involving human beings must be cleared in advance by the Committee.