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Strategic Research Areas 2014–2023

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NTNU Energy, NTNU Health, NTNU Oceans and NTNU Sustainability address complex challenges of great importance for society.

Enabling Technologies

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NTNU will strengthen the fundamental, long-term research and infrastructure through NTNU BiotechnologyNTNU Digital and NTNU Nano.

Research Excellence

Research Excellence includes EU funded projects, private funding, national initiatives and NTNU's own initiatives.


NTNU has several research centres with different dependencies. The major centres.


Many NTNU laboratories are national resources, and most are used in teaching as well as research.

Faculties and departments

Find research of interest at the faculties and departments.

NTNU in Brussels

Our office in Brussels works to promote and strengthen the NTNU's image and participation in EU and related initiatives. It represents «the door to Europe» for NTNU employees and «the door to NTNU» for organizations that want to start collaborations and create synergies with us.

NTNU in Tokyo

NTNU and the University of Bergen (UiB) have a common adviser at Innovation Norway's Tokyo office in an effort to increase research and education partnerships with Japanese academic environments and institutions.

All the cities

PhD opportunities

NTNU offers a wide range of doctoral programmes. Candidates must be admitted to a specific PhD programme in order to earn a degree from NTNU, and must undertake both research and coursework. The Graduate Researcher Schools complements the regular PhD Programmes. PhD positions are announced in NTNU's job listing.

International Researcher Support

Counselling services for international researchers.

Need an expert?

Collage of experts at NTNU

More than 600 of NTNU's experts are available to comment on a range of topics. Use the alphabetical guide or search by name or theme.

Research news

Can computers help cure Cancer?

Video: Computer simulations can search through millions of drug combinations to find the right one for each specific Cancer and patient. Strategic Research Area NTNU Health has supported the project.

Next Gen IMR

Video: From outer space to ocean space. Next Generation Subsea Inspection, Maintenance and Repair. Strategic Research Area NTNU Oceans.

I, Cyborg

Video: Researchers at NTNU are developing a robot that will be controlled by living brain cells.
The story in Gemini Research News.


More research news from NTNU and SINTEF

Most prolific partnership

THE – Times Higher Education World University Rankings: NTNU is number one of the universities producing the highest proportion of the research in collaboration with a single partner from industry: SINTEF. The link accounts for 9.1 per cent of NTNU's total research output.

Partners and collaborators

NTNU's main partners and collaborators in research and innovation:

Publications and disputations

Questions about research at NTNU?

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Some facts and figures


The Pier by NTNU Live Studio

Piren/the Pier, NTNU’s Live Studio project at the Faculty of Architecture and Design, is a cantilevered pier projecting 12 metres out over the Nidelva river in Trondheim. NTNU Live Studio and Piren received an award presented by the Ministry of Education and Research for quality of education in 2015.

Nobel Prize in Medicine

Professors Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser

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

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

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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The Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) aims to define optimal exercise programmes for every day people. Try out their popular fitness calculator.