Research and valorisation

This section contains various regulations that relate to research and valorisation at TU Delft.

Doctoral Regulations

The Doctoral Regulations were established by the Board for Doctorates and contain the core provisions concerning the rights and obligations of the persons and bodies involved in their implementation: doctoral candidates, promotors, doctoral committees and the Board for Doctorates. These regulations guarantee the quality of the Doctoral programme, the Doctoral Education programme, the dissertation, the defence and thus the awarding of the PhD degree. Legal protection in the event of a dispute is also addressed. More information about taking a PhD is provided on the website of the Graduate School.

The Doctoral Regulations Implementation Decree contains more detailed provisions regarding the implementation of the doctoral regulations, including the requirements that the dissertation must meet and the protocol during the doctoral defence ceremony.

TU Delft Regulations on Human Trials

The number of human trials taking place at TU Delft has increased considerably in recent years, and this places a responsibility upon the institution and researchers to conduct trustworthy and principled research in which the risk to the test subject is acceptable and in proportion to the significance of the research. The Regulations on Human Trials are intended to protect the physical and psychological integrity of the test subjects in human trials and to evaluate the ethical acceptability of such research.

The key points of the regulations include setting up an independent Human Trials Committee with an independent review process. These previously formed part of the Regulations on and the Committee for Scientific and Academic Integrity. 

TU Delft Regulations on High-Tech Start-Ups

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has awarded a grant to TU Delft for the ‘Technosprint’ project. One of the components for which this grant was awarded is the provision of facilities to high-tech start-ups. This concerns three types of facilities, namely: general guidance and provision of internal university facilities such as ICT and laboratory use, accommodation in the multi-company building, and the provision of a loan. The TU Delft Regulations on High-Tech Start-Ups set out rules for decision-making at TU Delft with regard to the provision of these facilities. The regulations also contain an article-by-article explanation.

TU Delft Regulations on Inventions and Software Remuneration

TU Delft values the development and valorisation of knowledge, expertise and research results as well as their responsible exploitation. In this context, the TU Delft Regulations on Inventions and Software Remuneration establish further rules on equitable remuneration for inventors, in particular for income based on inventions and patents, and for software developers for income generated from their products.

TU Delft Regulation on Engineering Doctorate

The EngD programme is a two-year post-master's programme as a technological designer, which fits within the third cycle of technical scientific education. EngD is an abbreviation for Engineering Doctorate. The change of the name was necessary to indicate the distinction with the new Professional Doctorate (PD) degree, which will be offered by HBO (University of Applied Sciences) from September 2022.
Part of this programme is a technological design. This central regulation form the legal framework for the decentralized elaboration per EngD programme. The regulation is mainly based on what has been determined in this regard by the CCTO (the Dutch Certification Committee for Technological Design Programmes) and on the agreements made within 4TU Stan Ackermans Institute.