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Research centres

KTH has an extensive research programme that is conducted within its centres. A centre is a structured form of collaboration between academia, industry and society to focus on a specific research area. The Strategic Initiatives unit (STRIV) at the Research Support Office (RSO) works closely with KTH's centres to ensure that they have the conditions and structure to develop good research environments and strategic steering groups.

What is a centre?

A centre is an informal organisational structure within the framework of KTH's line organisation and is organisationally part of a school. However, the centre, through its steering group, has a limited influence on the direction and implementation of its activities, based on the mandate given to the steering group by decisions and agreements.

A centre cannot make decisions on behalf of KTH or decisions that conflict with the requirements of KTH as a public authority. Since 2022, KTH has a new steering document, Guidelines on the Management of Research Centres, which regulates the steering of and operations at KTH's centres.

Guidelines on the Management of Research Centres (docx 84 kB)

At KTH, there are different types of centres:

  • Centres of excellence have funding from a research funding body (where funding is matched by the parties involved) based on an external call for proposals where KTH's application has been granted.
  • Research centres which, unlike centres of excellence, are funded solely by KTH and possibly external parties (i.e. not research funding bodies) to conduct research in a defined research area.

In addition, there are three other subtypes of centres at KTH:

  • Network centres which receive only core funding for centre management. This form is used to bring together research in a wider research domain and is intended to attract external partners to participate in specifically funded research projects and/or contribute to the development of larger initiatives.
  • Resource centres operate major joint research infrastructures within the framework of research projects with users both inside and outside KTH.
  • Programme centres manage the assessment and selection of project proposals for recommendation to external funding bodies.
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