About research and education at NTNU

About research and education at NTNU

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the largest university in Norway today, with a history dating back to 1910, and a tradition going back to 1767 and the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS).

NTNU’s social mission is to create knowledge for a better world and deliver solutions that can change and improve everyday life.

Two researchers employed at NTNU have received Nobel Prizes: May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser (2014). In addition, the laureates Ivar Giæver (1973) and Lars Onsager (1968) were educated at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), which was one of NTNU's predecessors.

NTNU is headquartered in Trondheim, with campuses in Gjøvik and Ålesund. NTNU has:

  • Eight faculties in addition to units such as the NTNU University Museum and the NTNU University Library
  • About 39 700 students
  • 6 900 full-time equivalent staff

NTNU has the main responsibility for higher education in technology in Norway, and is the country’s premier institution for the education of engineers. The university offers several programmes of professional study and a broad academic curriculum in the natural sciences, social sciences, teacher education, humanities, medicine and health sciences, economics, finance and administration, as well as architecture and the arts.

Research forms part of the activities through a variety of projects and programmes in addition to specialized centres. NTNU’s strategic commitment to three enabling technologies in 2011–2020 include biotechnology, ICT and nanotechnology. Enabling technologies involve interdisciplinary basic research that contributes to developing new industries, products and solutions in most sectors of society.


Strategic research areas

NTNU has four strategic areas of research in 2014–2023:

Through interdisciplinary cooperation, NTNU’s strategic research areas aim to address complex challenges of great importance for society.


EU projects

NTNU participates in several projects in the EU Framework Programmes. Several researchers at NTNU have received basic research grants from the European Research Council (ERC).


Innovation and collaboration with SINTEF and industry

NTNU works in close collaboration with SINTEF, Scandinavia’s largest independent research institution and one of Europe’s largest organizations in contract research. SINTEF has specialized expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences. NTNU and SINTEF are co-located in Trondheim.

NTNU’s collaboration with business and industry has a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Thanks to the cooperation with especially SINTEF and Statoil, NTNU is ranked as number one in the world for collaboration with industrial partners, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking in March 2017. NTNU is also one of the highest ranked institutions on the Leiden Ranking indicators for collaboration with industry.

NTNU’s ecosystem for innovation includes the NTNU Technology Transfer Office, an on-campus incubator, the NTNU Entrepreneurship Center, NTNU Discovery, Spark NTNU and Start NTNU. Every year, about 20 new companies are established with their origins in the university.

NTNU is a CERN incubator. This enables technology transfer from CERN to NTNU for commercial development.


Research Excellence and Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme

NTNU Research Excellence is an initiative to develop elite researchers and research environments of international prestige.

The NTNU Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme is an initiative to promote young researchers who have excelled internationally. With the help of mentors, study visits abroad, grants, and talent development through the Norwegian Olympic Sports Centre, the goal is that the researchers will make their mark in international research.


Research centres and collaboration

NTNU hosts


Other important centres and cooperations

  • Through NTNU’s Onsager Fellowship, young, internationally recognized researchers are recruited to strengthen the university’s academic environments.
  • NTNU has a Kavli Institute (the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience), which operates together with the Centre for Neural Computation.
  • NTNU has three K.G. Jebsen centres in medical research.
  • NTNU hosts ECCSEL, a European research collaboration and a European laboratory infrastructure in capture, transport and storage of carbon dioxide.
  • The Gemini Centres are a collaborative programme between NTNU, SINTEF and the University of Oslo to build large academic environments across organizational boundaries in a variety of fields.
  • NTNU works on research and education in partnership with about 200 universities worldwide. Priority areas are the European Union, the United States, China and Japan
  • NTNU has an extensive international network with an NTNU office in Brussels (together with the University of Bergen and SINTEF).