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The Academy is responsible for seventeen research institutes. The institutes are active in the humanities, the social sciences and the life sciences; two institutes work at the interface of science and government policy. The Academy institutes are meant to play a leading role in Dutch and international research. They serve as national centres of expertise, manage unique infrastructures, and provide access to their collections, many of which are world-famous.
The institutes are meant to play a leading role in the Netherlands as agenda-setting organisations. They should also serve as international points of contact. In order to become (or remain) an Academy institute, they must strive to achieve excellence in their work. For more information about the Academy’s policy regarding its institutes.
The institutes are evaluated regularly by means of independent, international peer reviews. See Evaluation manual for the Academy institutes 2009-2014.
Three of the Academy’s institutes conduct animal experiments in their research:
The animals concerned are birds, rodents and fish. A small group of primates are kept for behavioural research purposes. Starting in 2011, the Academy will issue a biennial report accounting for its animal experiments. In 2008, it joined forces with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU) to publish the Animal Experiments Openness Code. See also: KNAW Opinion on animal experiments.
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (“the Academy”) has a procedure for reporting suspected violations of scientific integrity within its research organisation. This procedure applies both to Academy employees and others who have a complaint regarding possible violations of scientific integrity on the part of current or former Academy employees. The complaint procedure is based on the revised procedure of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (Vereniging van Universiteiten VSNU) which was revised in June 2012.