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Closing a research centre

All centre activities are time-limited. The decision to close a centre always rests with the President, whether the centre is closed at the end of its period of operation, prematurely or for other reasons.

A centre with external funding must be closed before the funding ends If, for any reason, a centre has not been active for more than one year or has ceased to operate altogether, the centre should be decommissioned.

Prior to the closure of a centre, the director must prepare a self-evaluation report according to the template provided by STRIV  . The report must be adopted by the steering committee and submitted to the Vice President for Research, the head of school and STRIV no later than three months before the end of the operational period.

If the centre is evaluated by a research funding body, the director is responsible for submitting that evaluation to the Vice President for Research, the head of school and STRIV for information.

A centre must always be closed by a request from the head of the school to which it belongs organisationally to STRIV, which then prepares a proposal for a decision. Prior to closure, any assets and outstanding financial commitments must be identified. Any remaining financial resources from KTH’s co-funding that are not allocated to commitments must be returned to the President.

It is always the President who decides on the closure of the centre based on the STRIV decision. The general assembly, or the steering committee if all the parties are represented, is then responsible for the closure of the centre.

When a centre is closed, its name is removed from the list on the KTH website and the organisational unit at KTH is closed. The director must notify all parties involved in the centre that the centre’s activities have been concluded, and must report to the head of school once the centre has been closed.