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.
NTNU's four 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 in important role in helping develop Norwegian technologies and bring them to markets worldwide.
In 2006, the Research Council of Norway created Centres for Research-based Innovation 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 Environment-friendly Energy Research
Can we solve the energy crisis?
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 ZEB – the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings, and is involved in five other centres.
- ZEB – The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings
- Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology.
- BIGCCS Centre - International CCS Research Centre
- CEDREN – Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy
- CenBio – Bioenergy Innovation Centre
- The Norwegian Research Centre for Solar Cell Technology
Strategic Research Areas
NTNU has designated six strategic areas that have formed networks across faculties and departments to bring the best minds to work on cross-disciplinary subjects.
Cooperative programmes with SINTEF
SINTEF is Scandinavia's largest independent research organization, and is NTNU's most important research partner.