Research at NTNU forms part of the ongoing activities through a variety of projects and programmes in addition to specialized centres.
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).
Research Excellence: NTNU is host or partner for 35 large national research centres. NTNU participates in 121 Horizon 2020 projects and has 10 ERC grants.
NTNU concentrates on innovation and entrepreneurship, and works in close collaboration with the research institution SINTEF, business and industry.
Brain researchers May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser at NTNU's Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 together with John O'Keefe of University College London.