The Research Assessment Exercise included a self-evaluation of the units, international peer assessment and bibliometric analysis. The assessment covered the research activities between 2010–2013. The results of the Research Assessment Exercise will be published during spring 2016.
In research, one of the most central follow-up indicators is the amount of competitive research funding. In 2015, the University's research groups received €42.9 million in competitive funding, which is less than the goal set for 2016.
The amount of funding granted by TEKES, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, has almost doubled in the last five years, and the funding decisions topped €9.5 million last year.
One of the most important follow-up indicators for the University is the number of publications that have received the Publication Forum classification. The number of publications on the Publication Forum Classification level 2 and 3 rose to 1,548 and it exceeded even the target set for 2016.
The University of Turku was the only Finnish university that was ranked among the top 200 universities in international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The number of publications composed in international collaboration was a key factor in achieving this outstanding result.