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The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is part of the University Grant Committee (UGC)’s commitment to promote world-class research and drive excellence in the UGC-funded universities through a comprehensive peer review on research quality. The UGC has conducted six RAEs since 1993, and the upcoming RAE will be conducted in 2026. RAE 2026 will assess research outputs, impact and environment, using international benchmarks to inform universities’ areas of relative strength and identify areas and opportunities for development. The RAE results will be used to inform the distribution of part of the research portion of the UGC Block Grant to universities in a publicly accountable way.