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Research centre types

KTH has more than 50 competence centres, and they can be categorised into four groups: centres of excellence, research centres, resources centres, and network and programme centres.

Centres of excellence

A centre of excellence receives funding from a research funder (as well as other parties or centre partners). These centres are established following a call for proposals from a research funder approving the KTH application.

Research centres

A research centre receives funding from KTH and external parties (not research funders) in order to conduct research within a defined research area.

Resource centres

The function of a resource centre is to run larger joint research infrastructures used by research teams within the framework of their research projects. Both KTH and external researchers use these facilities.

Network and programme centres

Network and programme centres can only receive funding from KTH to reinforce (focus) their research over a broad research field and attract external parties to participate in research projects or contribute to establishing large-scale initiatives. Programme centres assess and select project proposals and submit recommendations to external financiers for decision-making.


KTH has defined a number of criteria for the establishment of centres. A KTH centre must:

  • Works towards long-term concentration of broad interdisciplinary knowledge-building in a field.
  • Is justified by essential scientific or societal needs.
  • Identifies a clearly defined research field with a detailed research agenda.
  • Meets the needs of collaborations and established partnerships.

Strategically, a centre must:

  • Add value by building networks, critical mass and focus.

  • Enhance opportunities for external funding.

  • Reinforce the KTH brand.