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Guideline 9

Research design

Researchers take into account and acknowledge the current state of research when planning a project. To identify relevant and suitable research questions, they familiarise themselves with existing research in the public domain. HEIs and non-HEI research institutions ensure that the necessary basic framework for this is in place.


Methods to avoid (unconscious) distortions in the interpretation of findings, e.g. the use of blinding in experiments, are used where possible. Researchers examine whether and to what extent gender and diversity dimensions may be of significance to the research project (with regard to methods, work programme, objectives, etc.). The context in which the research was conducted is taken into consideration when interpreting findings.

Taking account of industrial research

The current state of research also includes the results of research carried out by industrial enterprises. These results are frequently unpublished, however, so they are not freely accessible. This means it is often impossible for investigators to incorporate such results when designing their research, especially when working at the interface with industrial research. Relevant, available results produced by companies should nonetheless be taken account of when designing a research project.

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GL9 (Engineering/engineering sciences)