Centres for research-based innovation

The MN Faculty hosts one Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) and plays an active part in four Centres hosted by other institutions. The SFI title is assigned for a period of eight years.

The purpose of the Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) is to build up and strengthen Norwegian research groups that work in close collaboration with partners from innovative industry and innovative public enterprises.


SFI coordinated by the MN Faculty

Centre for Scalable Data Access (SIRIUS)

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. The centre opened November 1, 2015. SIRIUS is directed by Arild Waaler, Department of Informatics.

SFI with participants from the MN Faculty:

Big Insight: Statistics for the knowledge economy

Big Insight contributes to competence and capacity building for the knowledge-based economy, towards a better and sustainable society. Fulfilling the promise of the big data revolution, the centre invents analytical tools to extract knowledge from complex data and deliver big insight. Big Insight is directed by Arnoldo Frigessi, Faculty of Medicine.

Center for Connected care (C3)

Center for connected care (C3) aims to succeed in accelerating adoption and diffusion of patient-centric innovations, i.e. innovations that change patient pathways and delivery systems and increases growth in the healthcare industry. The centre is directed by professor Kari Kværner, OUS.

Contact at the Faculty of MN: Margunn Aanestad

Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS)

Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS) – for health care, maritime, and oil & gas builds on NTNU’s longstanding tradition in ultrasound (US) research for medical applications and extends this to encompass new research areas within oil, gas and maritime sectors. Professor Asta Håberg, NTNU directs the centre.

Contact at the Faculty of MN: Sverre Holm

Industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation for a competitive and sustainable process industry (iCSI)

Industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation for a competitive and sustainable process industry (iCSI) targets the land-based chemical process industry in Norway. The iCSI basic vision is to establish an integrated competence and technology platform that promotes world class energy efficiency and optimum raw material utilization. The main objective of iCSI is to boost industrial innovation and competitiveness as well as to provide efficient, low-emission process Technology. The centre is directed by professor Hilde Johnsen Venvik, NTNU.

Completed SFI:

Innovative Natural Gas Processes and Products

Innovative Natural Gas Processes and Products (inGAP) was hosted by the MN Faculty and comprised the leading research institutions within catalysis research in Norway. inGAP's vision was value creation in natural-gas processes through rational design of processes and products based on atomistic and mechanistic insight in catalyst and reactor parameters under operative conditions. inGAP was established in 2007 and completed in 2015. The centre was directed by professor Unni Olsbye.

Statistics for Innovation

Statistics for Innovation (SFI2) developed core statistical methodologies, strategically necessary to achieve innovation goals in four key sectors: Petroleum, finance, marine and health. SFI2 was established in 2007 and completed in 2015. The centre was directed by professor Arnoldo Frigessi.

Cancer stem cell innovation center

Cancer stem cell innovation center (SFI-CAST) was an integrated biomedical innovation centre that worked towards the identification and characterization of stem cell parameters in tumours. CAST developed innovative approaches for finding small drugs, cancer vaccines and antibodies that address specifically stem cell issues in cancer. CAST was established in 2007 and completed in 2015. The centre was directed by professor Stefan Krauss.

Information Access Disruption

Information Access Disruption (iAd) targeted core research for next generation precision, analytics and scale in information access domain. iAd was established in 2007 and completed in 2015. The centre was directed by director of technology Bjørn Olstad.

Published Mar. 10, 2011 4:18 PM - Last modified Nov. 17, 2017 10:04 AM