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Strategic research initiatives

The group Strategic Initiatives and Collaboration (STRIV) provides internal support for the establishment, coordination, and development of strategic initiatives, such as research centres, Strategic Research Areas (SRA), Research Infrastructures (RI), KTH research platforms, and EIT KICs (European Institute of Innovation & Technology, Knowledge & Innovation Communities). The research advisors in the Strategic initiatives group work closely with the KTH management.

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The group for strategic initiatives coordinates efforts in research areas, including several schools or departments at KTH and external partners like other universities, research institutes, industries, or organisations. Strategic initiatives are long-term engagements assigned to enhance research at KTH in specific areas and to develop cross-disciplinary research within that field.  

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The STRIV group:

  • Provides support to KTH Management in the development and governance of research initiatives in the areas mentioned above
  • Provides support to KTH Researchers that are engaged as Directors or PI:s in existing or planned Strategic Research Initiatives.  
  • Acts as experts and facilitators when funding agencies require engagement by KTH management and/or the strategic research initiative.
  • Works together with the Civil Law and Contracts Unit at RSO and other divisions of the University Administration and support functions at KTH schools with quality assurance of contracts and agreements, for example, development of thematic seminars targeting the future leaders of research collaborations to enhance competence in GDPR, IP, Communication, Sustainability, Data Management Plans.

Research centres

KTH's centres work together with industries and organizations in areas that are of mutual interests. A centre is a neutral collaboration platform where the different parties agree on a joint research plan and contribute with resources for the implementation.

STRIV provides support throughout all phases of the centre's life cycle and prepares all material for the adequate decision-maker.

Strategic research areas (SRA)

RSO supports each SRA to facilitate the development of excellent research collaboration and strategic advantages to KTH. For example, STRIV supports the SRA as strategic advisors, as coordinators for evaluations, and as facilitators of knowledge transfer and ongoing matters.

KTH's research platforms

KTH's platforms are virtual units that bring together research groups and different research initiatives. RSO is responsible for coordinating the platforms' development, guidelines and documentation as well as provides the administrative support.

Research infrastructures (RI)

RSO supports KTH to ensure that their RI have long-term sustainable funding by:

  • Coordinating and managing calls for establishing new RI at KTH
  • Managing funds to the established RI at KTH
  • Performing annual quality assurance of all the RI at KTH
  • Supporting collaborations relating to RI on regional, national and European level

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

KTH is a core member in five of the eight EIT KICs - EIT Digital, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Raw Materials, EIT Health and EIT Urban Mobility.

Except for the educational programs that are handled by the International Relations Office (IRO), all issues regarding project participation in EIT KICs are processed by RSO, mainly coordinated through STRIV.

Strategic innovation programmes (SIP)

Strategic innovation programmes (SIP) are national initiatives, in areas defined by leading actors from industry, academia and public sector, where there is a need for strong collaboration on research and innovation.

E-learning courses for leaders of research collaborations

In 2019, seminar series were launched in order to provide thematic training and a forum for sharing best practices among all leaders of research collaboration initiatives or larger projects at KTH.

The aim is to provide insights into KTH policies and KTH as a University and as a public authority. The thematic modules are now transferred to the e-learning platform CANVAS offering an enhanced online education for Leaders of Research Collaboration.