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Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Koc University's research mission is to contribute to the universal body of knowledge and influence intellectual, technological, economic and social developments on a global scale. Faculty members contribute to their fields both individually and in strategically designed cross-disciplinary teams.

Research Centers and Labs

Research Centers and Labs

Conducting scientific and applied research, proposing policies in various arenas and disseminating academic knowledge in social, economic and legal spheres, Koc University's research centers are a uniquely powerful dimension of the institution's emphasis on research. Undergraduate students work alongside faculty members on research projects. These research activities enhance their creativity and acuity for research. Similarly, Koc University's Graduate Programs have a powerful research component, interweaving superior academics with required research experience.

Faculty Member Profile

Faculty Member Profile

Most of our faculty members have received their PhD degrees from the top universities in the world. Most of them worked as faculty members in leading American and European universities before coming to Koc University. The number of publications per faculty member at Koc University is one of the highest amongst other Turkish universities. 

Supported Research Programs

Supported Research Programs

Koc University organizes research programs for high school, undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research with Koc University Faculty Members. Koc University Postdoctoral Fellowship program supports post doctoral fellows. The program is designed to support the scholarly development of all qualified candidates who are committed to university careers.

Research Projects at Koc University

Research Projects at Koc University

The total number of externally funded projects, starting from January 2004 to July 2016, is 671, with a present value of 228 million TL.

As of July 2016, one of the greatest achievements of Koc University in terms of sponsored R&D projects is in the area of European Research Council (ERC) grants. In addition to Kerem Pekkan's (Starting Grant), Ozgur Baris Akan's (Consolidator Grant) and Hakan Urey's (Advanced Grant) projects from the College of Engineering, in 2014 Koc University received its first ERC grant from the College of Sciences. Cory Dunn from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics was awarded a Starting Grant towards the end of 2014, and his project commenced in April 2015.

Furthermore, in February 2015, Sedat Nizamoglu (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) decided to transfer his Starting Grant received at Ozyegin University, to Koc University. By 2016, three more ERC grants are hosted by Koc University: Again from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Elif Nur Firat Karalar received a Starting Grant. Erdem Kabadayi (Department of History) transferred his ERC Starting Grant and Alp Atakan (Department of Economics) was awarded a Consolidator Grant. 

Consequently, as of July 2016 Koc University is the most successful higher education institution in Turkey in bids for ERC grants, hosting 8 of the 15 active projects in Turkey. 

In 2015, 104 new projects were supported externally. These projects had a value of approximately 41 million TL. As of July 2016, the total number of ongoing projects is 190, with a present value of 140 million TL.

The graph below shows the number of research projects granted by funding institutions between January 2004 - December 2015.

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Current Research Sponsors Include:

  • Open Society Foundation
  • Alotech
  • Alp Havacilik A.S.
  • Arcelik
  • Astrazeneca UK LTD
  • AXA 
  • Borusan A.S.
  • EMBO 
  • European Commission 
  • ERC Consultancy
  • Evonik Degussa GMBH
  • Ford-OTOSAN
  • Havelsan A.S.
  • International Development Research Centre
  • ING Bank
  • Istanbul Development Agency
  • Embassy of Sweden
  • Karcan Kesici Takim San. ve Tic. Ltd.
  • MIGROS
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Embassy of the Netherlands
  • British Academcy of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • The Royal Society
  • SAP SE
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • Tofas A.S.
  • TUSAS
  • TUBITAK
  • UNT Bilisim
  • UNDP