NTNU Research

ill.: Green technology. Photo: Geir Mogen/NTNU

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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. 

Research Excellence

ERC, H2020, Kavli Centre, Centres of Excellence, Centres of Research-based Innovation, Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research, K.G. Jebsen Centres, Outstanding Academic Fellows Programme, Onsager Fellowship Programme



Faculties and departments

Museum and collections


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NTNU and SINTEF: Better together

CEO SINTEF Alexandra Bech Gjørv and Rector NTNU Gunnar Bovim. Thor Nielsen/NTNU.

NTNU is ranked as #1 of the universities producing the highest proportion of the research in collaboration with a single partner from industry, SINTEF:
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Main partners and collaborators

Facts and figures

Nobel Prize in Medicine

The Professors Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser. Photo: Geir Mogen/NTNU

The 2014 Nobel Price in Medicine was awarded to the professors May-Britt Moser, Edvard Moser and John O'Keefe for the discovery of grid cells, that provide the brain with an internal GPS essential for navigation.

IEEE Fellow

Professor Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen. Photo: Kai T. Dragland/NTNU

Professor in cybernetics Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen is the first Norwegian female IEEE Fellow. The prestigious title was awarded in 2016 for contributions to control of marine vessels and snake robots.


Øivind Wilhelmsen at European Federation of Chemical

Professor II Øivind Wilhelmsen has been awarded two prestigious prizes: Excellence Award from European Federation of Chemical, and Prigogine Prize from European Centre for Advanced Studies in Thermodynamics.

A winner of a strong heart!

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