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Assessment of KTH's research (RAE)

Every sixth year, KTH reviews its research and research co-operation through a Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). During the RAE 2021, international experts will evaluate KTH's research. Responsible for planning and executing RAE is KTH’s vice president for 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)


In RAE 2021, nine panels based on research fields will review KTH’s research units. The units are connected to panels consisting of two to six departments including at least one expert for each field.  

The panels consists of eight experts, 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’s research infrastructures, sustainability and impact.

All of KTH’s departments will also compile self-evaluations. Each panel has a coordinator, a KTH faculty, who will compile the outcome and act as contact for departments and project teams. The work is later distributed to external expert for review. They will visit KTH digitally during a so-called Visit's Week.

The on-going RAE was planned to be conducted in 2020, with project ending planned for January 2021. Due to the development of the corona virus, KTH decided to extend to RAE process with one year.

2020 was therefore 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.

Steering group

The assessment is led by a group where Annika Stensson Trigell, Vice President for Research, is scientific responsible.