Research at NTNU forms part of the ongoing activities through a variety of projects and programmes in addition to specialized centres. NTNU is host or partner for 35 large national research centres. NTNU participates in more than 100 Horizon 2020 projects and has 10 ERC grants.
NTNU has four strategic areas of research in 2014–2023: sustainability, energy, oceans, and health. In addition, NTNU has strategic initiatives in 2011–2020 in biotechnology, digital and nano (enabling technologies).
NTNU concentrates on innovation and entrepreneurship, and works in close collaboration with the research institution SINTEF, business and industry.