SINTEF is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. We create value and innovation through knowledge generation and development of technological solutions that are brought into practical use. SINTEF is a broadly based, multidisciplinary research institute with international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences. We conduct contract R&D as partner for the private and public sectors, and we are among the four largest contract research institutions in Europe.
SINTEF is an independent, not-for-profit research institute. The profits of our contract research projects are invested in new research, scientific equipment and competence development. SINTEF employs 2000 staff from 70 different countries. 55 per cent of our researchers have Phd-degrees.
In 2015, we performed about 5400 research projects for some 3800 customers. Our turnover in 2015 was NOK 3,2 billion, more than 90 per cent of which was won in open competition. Basic grants from the Research Council make up around seven percent of our turnover. SINTEF has customers on all continents. In 2015, 16 percent of our turnover was derived from international contracts in 54 countries. About 40 percent of our international turnover comes from the EU’s research programmes, in which SINTEF is a leading participant.
SINTEF operates in partnership with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. NTNU personnel work on SINTEF projects, and many SINTEF staff teach at NTNU. Our collaboration involves the extensive joint use of laboratories and equipment, and more than 500 people are employed by both NTNU and SINTEF. We also collaborate with the University in Oslo and other leading research organisations in Norway and abroad.