The Royal Decree of 1 September 1978 specifies the Research Board's functions.
It has advisory competence before the university’s Academic Council for the institution’s research policy. It is responsible for the general administration of research facilities, essentially in the field of basic research.
- submits to the Academic Council any proposal likely to define and support a strategy for scientific policy;
- proposes budget allocations for Joint Research Projects, the Special Research Fund (projects, mandates, support for researcher mobility, EU incentives, investments in scientific logistics, etc.).
The Research Board advises the Academic Council on the creation of research support programmes and proposals to modify existing programmes.
The Research Board has advisory and certification power regarding ethics issues relating to research projects whose competence does not fall under any existing structure within the university.
The Research Administration supports the Research Board.