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Review of research (RAE)

Every sixth year, KTH reviews its research and research co-operation through a Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). During the RAE 2021, 90 international experts will evaluate KTH, and put forward recommendations to strengthen and develop our quality of research.

KTH's RAE is based on:

  • internal review
  • external peer-review assessment
  • self-assessments
  • evaluations from nine panels
  • previously conducted evaluations (RAE 2012 and RAE 2008)

Research fields

In RAE 2021, nine panels based on research fields will review KTH’s research. The research connected to the panels consist of two to six departments, and include at least one expert for each field. The panels are:

  • Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry and Materials Science
  •  Computer Science
  • Intelligent Systems and Biomedical Engineering
  • Energy and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • Mathematics and Engineering Mechanics
  • Physics and Applied Physics


Connected to each panel is a group of expert, on average eight, of which one took part in RAE 2012 and one is a representative from the private or public sector. In addition, experts from various panels will form thematic groups assigned to review KTH work in:

  • Research infrastructures
  • Sustainability
  • Impact

All of KTH’s departments are connected to one panel, and will compile self-evaluations, which in turn is put together to one mutual report for that research field. Each panel has a coordinator, a KTH faculty, who will compile the report and act as contact for departments and the project team. It is this work that is later distributed to external expert for review. The experts will visit KTH digitally during a so-called Visit's Week in August 2021.

The on-going RAE was planned to be conducted in 2020 but was extended to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 2020 was instead dedicated to internal reviews, while 2021 will be devoted to external peer-review by invited experts. The final reports and conclusion of the project is planned for January 2022.


Questions regarding KTH’s self-assessment can be put to the project’s mailbox.


Annika Stensson Trigell, Professor and Vice President for research, is scientific responsible for RAE2021. Micael Sther, senior advicer at KTH's Research Support Office, is leader of the project group working with RAE.