The VAM programme seeks to generate new knowledge of high scientific merit on the foundations, operation and processes of the welfare society. Research activity under the programme will promote the further development of the welfare society by fostering and developing:
- Research that is empirically based, theoretically advanced and methodologically sound;
- Research that develops new perspectives with regard to inter- and multidisciplinarity, theoretical framework and empirical methods;
- Research that is internationally oriented and comparative;
- Research that promotes long-term knowledge development for use in policy formulation and public administration.