Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation (SKI)

Strategid Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation, heading

Targeted initiatives

NTNU has a culture of innovation that has inspired us to contribute to change processes and social development for more than a hundred years. Every day, NTNU’s core activities generate valuable and unique knowledge that benefits society and the working world in a variety of ways.

But there is still unrealized potential for innovation in the knowledge we produce and the way we interact with those around us.

With the Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation, NTNU is launching targeted initiatives to convert research into useful and concrete innovations.

NTNU aims to:

  • Increase the transfer of innovation and knowledge between us and our partners in the private and public sectors
  • Identify more ideas with the potential to become new innovations
  • Strengthen and support a culture of innovation and teamwork skills in the academic communities
  • Make innovation activities more visible and accessible

The Pro-Rector for Innovation, Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes, is hosting the programme.


Stimulus package for more innovation


15 new innovation managers

NTNU is appointing 15 new innovation managers who will work together with researchers in the field in which knowledge is developed. The positions will be announced in March 2018. The allocation of innovation managers are awarded to the following applications and acaemic environments:


The launch at Technoport 2018

Pro-Rector for Innovation Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes and Rector Gunnar Bovim at Technoport 2018. Photo: Thor Nielsen/NTNU

Pro-Rector for Innovation Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes and Rector Gunnar Bovim launched NTNU’s new large-scale initiative in innovation at the Technoport 2018 conference in Trondheim 28 February.

More photos from the launch (Flickr – Photo: Thor Nielsen/NTNU)


Leader and host

The Head of the NTNU Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation:
Pro-Rector for Innovation Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes

Project manager:
Senior Adviser, Rector's Staff Per Arne Wilson


NTNU Discovery

Research Scientist Maria Teresa Guzman Gutierrez, Professor May-Britt Hägg, Research Scientist Shamim Haider. Photo:

NTNU Discovery’s stories about Innovation 2018 – including the students who want to revolutionize monitoring of patients, the surgeons who are solving a long-standing problem in stapling the stomach and oesophagus, ships that get wings to save fuel, and the membrane technology developed by May-Britt Hägg and her team of researchers, which can now be used to create better wine. 

More photos from the stories (Flickr – Photo: