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.
- Vice President for Research and Development Office (VPRD Office)
- KU as a Research University
- Graduate Programs
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
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
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
The total number of externally funded projects, starting from January 2004 to March 2017, is 713, with a present value of 287 million TL.
As of March 2017, 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, four 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, Alp Atakan (Department of Economics) was awarded a Consolidator Grant and Erdem Yoruk (Sociology) was awarded a Starting Grant.
Consequently, as of March 2017 Koc University is the most successful higher education institution in Turkey in bids for ERC grants, hosting 9 of the 16 active projects in Turkey. In addition, under Horizon 2020, Hakan Urey's ongoing ERC project has received two "ERC Proof of Concept" grants for the commercialization of technology outputs, and Kerem Pekkan's ongoing ERC project has received one such grant.
KU is also currently the most successful institution in Turkey after TUBITAK under Horizon 2020. The university is hosting 10 million Euros worth of Horizon 2020 projects.
In 2016, 60 new projects were supported externally. These projects had a value of approximately 70 million TL. As of end-of-March 2017, the total number of ongoing projects is 164, with a present value of 186.5 million TL.
The graph below shows the number of research projects granted by funding institutions between January 2004 - March 2017.
Current Research Sponsors Include:
- ALP HAVACILIK A.S.
- AXA Research Fund
- DOW AKSA
- European Commission - Framework Program 7
- European Commission - Horizon 2020
- European Commission - ERASMUS and ERASMUS+ programs
- European Commission - EaSI
- European Molecular Biology Organization - EMBO
- FORD OTOSAN
- GENERALI SIGORTA A.S.
- ING BANK
- Istanbul Development Agency
- LOCKHEED MARTIN
- Ministry of Development
- Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology
- Royal Society
- Open Society Foundation (Turkey)
- SAP SE
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation (Greece)