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Research Office FSS

The Research Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) is the primary point of contact for support on research related issues for its academic staff.

The ambition of the Research Office is to help its researchers effectively realize their research goals by creating a research environment in which high-quality research can thrive and its societal impact is maximized. Scientific integrity and the education of PhD candidates are an integral part of this environment.


  • Providing advice and support in finding and acquiring research grants and other external funding opportunities; 
  • Providing advice and support on enhancing the (social) impact and dissemination of FSS research; 
  • Supporting the work of the faculty’s research institute ISR: Institute for Societal Resilience; 
  • Supporting the Faculty board member in charge of the research portfolio in establishing and implementing research and valorisation policy;
  • Acting as secretary of multiple faculty broad research-related committees.


The Research Support Office consists of a small team that operates as linking pin towards other Vrije Universiteit-wide departments (Finance & Control, HRM, Communications & Marketing, Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA), Grant Desk, IT), in order to ensure its academic staff the required level of research support.

Drs. Isjah (I.) Koppejan, Head of Research Office
Drs. Rob (R.A.) Kloppenburg, Policy Officer Research
Rian (R.) van Rossum, Research Grants Advisor
Drs. Aysen Şimsek, project management advisor
Mona Wallraf , Research Grants Advisor
Aijan Kunneman , Research Grants Advisor
Emily Barabas, Research Data Steward and Privacy Champion


In case you have any questions regarding our research support office and/or your require any support for your research activities, please contact us directly via email

For the benefit of VU employees, please refer to the following page for more information.

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  • Academic integrity

    Academic integrity is high on the agendas of Dutch universities. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and VU Medical Center work hard to ensure that all their academic staff have a good knowledge of the national VSNU Code of Conduct and remain informed of the latest developments regarding academic integrity policy. Despite this, situations can still arise where academic integrity seems to have been compromised.

    VU and VUmc subscribe to the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity 2018.

    See the following (VU website) pages for more information: