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Strategic research areas

KTH has a leading role in five national strategic research areas: IT and mobile communication technology, molecular biosciences, transport, production and e-science. In 2009, the government decided to invest in SRA's and the decision aimed at creating the best conditions for the generation of world-leading research. It was based on the recommendation of the Swedish Research Council, FAS, Formas, Vinnova and the Swedish Energy Agency.

KTH participates in 10 of 20 designated strategic research areas (SRA) and coordinates five of these:

  • e-Science
  • IT and mobile communication technology
  • Molecular life sciences
  • Production
  • Transport

Areas coordinated by KTH

SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre

Area: e-Science

Managing large amounts of data and using high-performance computers for simulations and calculations is today an integral part of scientific research. SeRC provides support to existing and new e-science communities, enabling them to reach scientific breakthroughs in Sweden. Partners are Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet, Linköping University and KTH.

About SeRC

ICT-TNG: Information and Communication Technology, The Next Generation

Area: IT and mobile communication technology

ICT-TNG generates research that contributes to solving crucial problems in future energy consumption, climate change, affordable health care, efficient transport and an inclusive society. Partners are RISE, Stockholm University and KTH.


SciLifeLab - Science for Life Laboratory

Area: Molecular life sciences

SciLifeLab is a national center for molecular life sciences with a focus on research in translational medicine and molecular life sciences. SciLifeLab is a national resource operated by Karolinska Institutet, KTH, Stockholm University and Uppsala University.

About SciLifeLab

XPRES - Excellence in Production RESearch

Area: Production

XPRES will generate internationally leading research in advanced production and contribute to research infrastructure for digital manufacturing and visualization. Partners are Mälardalen University, RISE and KTH.


TrENoP - Transport Research Environment with Novel Perspectives

Area: Transport

The research is focused on land transportation. TRENoP explores innovative technology and policy concepts, intelligent systems for decision support at the tactical, operational and strategic level as well as implementation processes. Partners are Linköping University, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) and KTH.

About TRENoP

Strategic research areas where KTH contribute


Area: Brain

Brain disorders are among the most common causes of disability in high-income countries. The European Brain Council has estimated that one third of Europe's residents will be affected at some point during their lifetime. StratNeuro is integrating research in clinical and basic neurosciences, aiming to reduce the burden of disease from brain disorders.

Coordinator: Karolinska Institutet.

About StratNeuro


Area: Cancer

The research community U-CAN collects and structures data, biomolecules, tumor and blood samples from cancer patients before, during and after treatment. The material is used to develop methods and drugs for the diagnosis and treatment of tumor diseases.

Coordinator: Uppsala University.


MERGE - ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system

Area: Climate changes

Even though we already have sufficient knowledge of climate change today to justify emission reduction actions, there is still a need to better understand the uncertainties that remain in assessing climate change and its consequences.

Coordinator: Lund University.


StandUP - Stand-Up for Energy

Area: Energy

STand-UP focuses on long-term sustainable energy supply, which is one of the grand global challenges in the coming decades. The research groups within STand-UP have a common vision for the future of a society with access to renewable, reliable and cost-effective energy for housing, trade, transport and industry.

Coordinator: Uppsala University.

About STand-UP

Security Link

Area: Security and Emergency preparedness

Security and emergency preparedness cover areas such as wireless communication, advanced sensors and detectors, sensor and information fusion, decision support and coordination for crisis management, but also related ethical issues.

Coordinator: Linköping University.

About Security Link