Centre for Research-based Innovation

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The Research Council of Norway provides long-term funding for The SFI (CRI) Centres for Research-based Innovation.

The scheme promotes innovation through close cooperation between R&D intensive companies and prominent research institutions.

The SFI/CRI scheme, advertisements, and current and former centres


NTNU awarded five new CRI/SFI Centres

NTNU awarded five new SFI Centres

NTNU will head five new SFI Centres and will participate in six other centres as well. SINTEF will host four and contribute to a further six centres. Each center will receive an annual grant of up to NOK 12 million from the Research Council of Norway.

The five new SFI Centres (in Norwegian)

–  We want to be a driver for the transformation of Norway, says Rector Anne Borg at NTNU and President and CEO of SINTEF Alexandra Bech Gjørv (press release 12 June 2020)

The press release presents the new NTNU SFI Centres.

NTNU hosts Centres for Research-based Innovation

NTNU hosts 12 SFI Centres

SFI Autoship – Autonomous ships


SFI AutoShip – Autonomous ships

SFI AutoShip aims to ensure that Norwegian players take a leading role in the development of autonomous ships, which are currently of increasing interest in the national and international maritime industry. The centre will concentrate on technology, business models and security.

SFI CASA – Centre for Advanced Structural Analysis


SFI CASA – Centre for Advanced Structural Analysis

SFI CASA works with multi-scale testing, modelling and simulation of materials and structures for use in, among others, the car industry, the oil and gas industry and the businesses in physical security.

SFI CGF – Centre for Geophysical Forecasting


SFI CGF – Centre for Geophysical Forecasting

SFI CGF aims to create a world-leading centre for geophysical forecasting and sustainable use of the earth's resources. Norway is already a leading player in exploration geophysics. The centre will take advantage of this expertise to bring oil-based geophysics into a new blue economy and create new jobs.

SFI CIUS – Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions


SFI CIUS – Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions

SFI CIUS builds on NTNU’s longstanding tradition in ultrasound research for medical applications and extends this to encompass new research areas within oil, gas and maritime sectors.

SFI NorwAI – Norwegian Center for Research-Based Artificial Intelligence Innovation


SFI NorwAI – Norwegian Center for Research-Based Artificial Intelligence Innovation

SFI NorwAI is a new research centre on artificial intelligence and Big Data. The purpose of the centre is to develop cutting-edge theories, methods and technologies for efficient and responsible use of data-driven artificial intelligence in innovative industrial solutions.

SFI iCSI – Industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation


SFI iCSI – Industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation

SFI iCSI targets the land-based chemical process industry in Norway. The main objective of tje centre is to boost industrial innovation and competitiveness as well as to provide efficient, low-emission process technology.

SFI Metal Production


SFI Metal Production

SFI Metal Production aims to enable industrial innovation and give the industry long term access to world class fundamental competence and candidates. This will enable the industry to maintain its position at the forefront of sustainable innovation.

SFI MOVE – Marine Operations in Virtual Environments


SFI MOVE – Marine Operations in Virtual Environments

SFI MOVE develops knowledge, methods and technologies for robust, efficient structures and for maintenance of equipment in extreme waters. These technologies will open new opportunities for Norwegian industry and other stakeholders that work in the Arctic, in deep water, and with wind turbines and deep sea mining.

SFI NORCICS – Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors


SFI NORCICS – Norwegian Centre for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors

SFI NORCICS will work to enable Norwegian companies to digitize in a secure and reliable manner and protect themselves against cyber incidents. The new centre will also work to ensure that critical social functions are supported by a robust and reliable digital infrastructure, that improved cyber security skills are adapted to society's needs and that the police can strengthen their ability to prevent and combat cybercrime.

SFI PhysMet – Centre for sustainable and competitive metallurgical and manufacturing industry


SFI PhysMet – Centre for sustainable and competitive metallurgical and manufacturing industry

SFI PhysMet will build a world-class research group in physical metallurgy, as a foundation for the Norwegian metal industry in the green shift towards more sustainable and cost-effective production.

SFI SAMCoT – Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology


SFI SAMCoT – Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology

SFI SAMCoT is a leading national and international centre for the development of robust technology necessary for sustainable exploration and exploitation of the valuable and vulnerable Arctic region.

SFI SUBPRO – Subsea production and processing


SFI SUBPRO – Subsea production and processing

SFI SUBPRO aims to become a leading international subsea research centre that provides top quality candidates, knowledge and technology innovations. This will be done in partnership with the most important industrial players in the field.

NTNU is partner in Centres for Research-based Innovation

NTNU is partner in 14 SFI Centres

SFI Centre for Industrial Biotechnology


SFI Centre for Industrial Biotechnology

SFI Centre for Industrial Biotechnology will develop expertise and technology that positions the Norwegian biotechnology industry internationally by coordinating relevant national infrastructures and expertise in networks. SINTEF hosts the centre.

SFI Centre for Subsurface Well Integrity, Plugging and Abandonment

SFI Centre for Subsurface Well Integrity, Plugging and Abandonment

SFI Centre for Subsurface Well Integrity, Plugging and Abandonment aims to gain a scientific understanding of permanent well barriers and to develop new and better designs for underground barriers. SINTEF hosts the centre.

SFI CIRFA – Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations


SFI CIRFA – Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations

SFI CIRFA aims to become a knowledge hub for research and development on Arctic surveillance technologies. UiT – The Arctic University of Norway hosts the centre.

SFI CtrlAQUA – Centre for Research-based Innovations in Controlled-environment Aquaculture


SFI CtrlAQUA – Centre for Research-based Innovations in Controlled-environment Aquaculture

SFI CtrlAQUA will lay the foundation for closed-containment containment concepts to reduce problems with mortality and sea lice, and to reduce the production time for salmon. Nofima AS hosts the centre.

SFI DigiWells – Digital Well Center for Value Creation, Competitiveness and Minimum Environmental Footprint


SFI DigiWells – Digital Well Center for Value Creation, Competitiveness and Minimum Environmental Footprint

SFI DigiWells aims to improve methods for placement, design and reduction of costs associated with drilling oil and gas wells through increased digitization and automation. NORCE – Norwegian Research Centre AS hosts the centre.

SFI EXPOSED – Exposed Aquaculture Operations


SFI EXPOSED – Exposed Aquaculture Operations

SFI EXPOSED develops knowledge and technologies for robust, safe and efficient fish farming at exposed locations, enabling a sustainable expansion of the fish farming industry. SINTEF Ocean hosts the centre.

SFI Floating structures for the next generation ocean industries


SFI Floating structures for the next generation ocean industries

SFI Floating structures for the next generation ocean industries aims to enable Norwegian industry to create new types of floating stationary structures that meet the needs and requirements of renewable energy, aquaculture and coastal infrastructure. SINTEF Ocean hosts the centre.

SFI Harvest – Technologies for sustainable biomarine value creation


SFI Harvest – Technologies for sustainable biomarine value creation

SFI Harvest aims to develop knowledge and technology to allow fishing for and use of marine resources at a low trophic level, such as krill, calanus and mesopelagic species of fish. SINTEF Ocean hosts the centre.

SFI Klima 2050


SFI Klima 2050

SFI Klima 2050 will reduce the societal risks with climate changes and enhanced precipitation and flood water exposure within the built environment. SINTEF hosts the centre.

SFI Manufacturing


SFI Manufacturing

SFI Manufacturing works with product solutions, automated manufacturing and organizational processes to achieve sustainable and advanced manufacturing. SINTEF Manufacturing AS hosts the centre.

SFI Offshore Mechatronics


SFI Offshore Mechatronics

SFI Offshore Mechatronics works with motion compensation, hydraulics, robotics and automation and monitoring techniques to develop components relevant to the industry. UiA – University of Agder hosts the centre.

SFI Precision Health Center for optimized cardiac care


SFI Precision Health Center for optimized cardiac care

SFI Precision Health Center for optimized cardiac care aims to create a clinically driven and validated ICT platform for cardiology that enables individualized health services using large data sets and artificial intelligence. Oslo University Hospital hosts the centre.

SFI SIRIUS – Centre for Scalable Data Access in the Oil and Gas Domain


SFI SIRIUS – Centre for Scalable Data Access in the Oil and Gas Domain

SFI SIRIUS aims to provide the oil and gas business with better ways to access and use the massive amounts of data that are generated in projects and daily operation. UiO – University of Oslo hosts the centre.

SFI Smart Maritime


SFI Smart Maritime

SFI Maritime works with innovation use, improvement and combination of cost, energy and emission efficient technologies which also increase the revenues for the maritime industry. SINTEF Ocean hosts the centre.