The university has a research fund to encourage the progress and development of society by financing scientific research projects. In addition, COMU actively seeks to develop and propose projects within international research programmes. Regular seminars and conferences are organized to keep researchers informed of new developments. Some of our academic staff are already participating in projects and others are seeking partners for collaboration under this programme. Most researchers are supported by grants or funding from local, national, and international organizations. Publications A university must prove the worth of its scientific research through the publication of books, papers and articles in national and international periodicals. The university strongly encourages academic staff to increase efforts in this area, especially in the case of internationally refereed journals. In the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in both the quantity and quality of publications emerging from Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, and it is hoped that the university will continue to gain strength through this medium. This success demonstrates the importance placed on research by the administration and the increased determination by academicians to contribute to scientific debate. Scientific Research Projects Commission (BAP) The purpose of the Scientific Research Projects Commission is to encourage university staff to engage in scientific research, to evaluate and monitor research projects and to provide or secure funding for such projects. It also seeks to work to increase the quality and quantity of national and international publications.