Centres of Excellence and Strategic Areas

NTNU's research runs the gamut from exploring how the brain works to creating the technologies that allow oil, water and gas to travel safely hundreds of kilometres through the same pipe. You can read more about our centres of excellence and other research cooperatives below.

Centres of Excellence

Long-term, basic research today provides the foundation for innovative discoveries of tomorrow. NTNU is committed to providing the resources and expertise for scientists to conduct basis research.


The Research Council of Norway has acknowledged this effort by awarding NTNU four new Centres of Excellence beginning in 2013:

Centres for Research-based Innovation

Industry plays an important role in helping develop Norwegian technologies and bring them to markets worldwide.


The Research Council of Norway created Centres for research-based Innovation in 2006 as a way to build on the synergies that come from pairing world-class researchers with innovative companies. NTNU is home to three of these centres:

Centres for Environmentally friendly Energy Research

The Research Centres for Environmentally friendly Energy (CEER) were established by Research Council of Norway in the wake of the Norwegian Climate Convention. These centres conduct long-term research at a high international standard, with the aim of tackling energy-related challenges. NTNU is the lead university for the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) and is involved in five other centres.

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Strategic Research Areas 2014-2023

NTNU has designated four strategic areas that have formed networks across faculties and departments to bring the best minds to work on cross-disciplinary subjects.

Other large research programmes at NTNU

Cooperative programmes with SINTEF

SINTEF is Scandinavia's largest independent research organization, and is NTNU's most important research partner.

More than 500 researchers have positions at both NTNU and SINTEF. Here's a sampling of the joint research initiatives that the two institutes have undertaken: