Since the 1980’s, all research conducted at Dutch universities is systematically assessed every six years. For these assessments the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP 2015-2021) is used, which is drawn up by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW). All research conducted at Delft University of Technology is assessed using this protocol. The planning of the assessments is available here. In the TU Delft Research Assessments Protocol, the roles and responsibilities of the various actors involved are worked out in detail.
The assessment is conducted by an international peer review committee, based on three criteria: research quality, relevance to society and viability. In addition, the committee considers the state of affairs regarding PhD programmes, research integrity and diversity. The committee assessment is based on a self-assessment by the research unit, and a subsequent site visit by the peer review committee.
The committee sends its assessment report to the Executive Board. Subsequently, the Executive Board presents its position towards the assessment outcomes. Both the assessment report and the position document of the Executive Board are published on the TU Delft website. In addition, the involved faculty drafts a response and plan of approach based on the assessment and recommendations of the committee.