The aim of NTNU's Research Excellence is to help realize NTNU's goals for research in the top international league.
The initiatives include measures funded through the Research Council of Norway, the EU and private-sector players that reward high academic merit as well as initiatives realized through strategic prioritization of NTNU's own resources.
Outstanding researchers at NTNU have received grants from the European Research Council (ERC).
Active participation in the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is a main priority.
The fifteenth Kavli Institute was inaugurated at NTNU in 2007 – the fourth Kavli Institute in neuroscience in the world and the first Kavli Institute in Northern Europe.
Centres of Excellence address everything from understanding the brain to biological diversity.
Centres for Research/based Innovation promotes innovation by supporting long-term research through close cooperation between R&D intensive companies and prominent research institutions.
The centres conduct long-term research at a high international standard, with the aim of tackling energy-related challenges.
The K.G. Jebsen Foundation contributes financially to strengthen independent research in Norway, building research environments at top international level.
NTNU has selected young university researchers for its Outstanding Academic Fellows programme, which is designed to give them the opportunity to grow their careers.
The Onsager Fellowship programme is designed to recruit young, internationally recognized researchers to strengthen the university's academic community.
NTNU trives to provide over 300 postdocs with career development support during their appointment at NTNU, to help them maximize their future career opportunities in Norway and abroad.