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About SINTEF - Applied research, technology and innovation

SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations. Every year we carry out several thousand projects for customers large and small.

Research and innovation for customers all over the world

For more than 70 years, SINTEF has developed solutions and innovation for society and customers all over the world. This is how we have become a world-leading research institute.


We deliver innovation by developing knowledge and technologies that are brought into practical use.

SINTEF is a broad, multidisciplinary research organisation with international top-level expertise in the fields of technology, the natural sciences, medicine and the social sciences. We conduct contract R&D as a partner for the private and public sectors, and we are one of the largest contract research institutions in Europe.

Our vision is Technology for a better society.

An R&D partner for the private and public sectors

We contribute to value creation and increased competitiveness within the public and private sectors.

In 2016, SINTEF carried out 5700 research projects for 4000 customers. Our multidisciplinary approach enables us to create teams with the broad range of expertise our customers and projects often demand.


  • Effective project implementation and sound financial management
  • Proactive and effective communication
  • The highest HSE standards
  • High levels of technical quality and professional integrity
  • Professional protection of our customers' intellectual property rights
We work actively with public authorities and world-leading knowledge centres, and develop projects that generate public co-funding for our customers.

We create new enterprises

SINTEF TTO was awarded “Norwegian Investor of the Year” in 2015. (Photo: Astrid Bjerke Lund, Oslotech)

The commercialisation of our research results is part of SINTEF's role in society. We achieve this by means of licensing and creating new companies based on technologies developed as part of our research activities.

We are active shareholders in our spin off companies and assist them in their ongoing development. Sales of our ownership interests in successful spin off companies release funds which are invested in new knowledge development. Spin-off companies from SINTEF generated a combined revenue of nearly four billion Norwegian kroner in 2015.

Laboratory and test facilities

We offer world-leading laboratory and test facilities in a wide range of technological fields. Our advanced laboratories range from microelectronics and nanoscale technologies, to the world's largest laboratory for the multiphase transport of oil and gas, and the world's largest marine laboratory.

More than 90 per cent of our income comes from contracts won in open competition

Total NOK 3147 MILL
  • Business and industry (Norway & international) 48 %
  • Public sector 10 %
  • EU 7 %
  • Project grants from The Research Council of Norway 23 %
  • Basic grants from The Research Council of Norway 7 %
  • Other sources 5 %


We invest in new knowledge

SINTEF is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. None of its owners receive any form of dividend. Any financial surplus is invested in scientific equipment, skills and expertise.

Investments in laboratories, scientific equipment and buildings (in NOK million)
Investments in laboratories, scientific equipment and buildings (in NOK million)
SINTEF Energy Lab Høyspenningshallen
NOK 1,3 billion has been invested in laboratories in the last 10 years.

Three out of four employees are researchers

75 % research scientists 12 % managers and administrative personnel 8 % engineers 5 % technical personnel
  • 75 % research scientists
  • 12 % managers and administrative personnel
  • 8 % engineers
  • 5 % technical personnel
  • 56 % of our research scientists have a PhD
  • Total of 2000 employees


Close working relationships generate innovation and high levels of technical quality

  • 1950: SINTEF established by NTH
  • 1985: MARINTEK and IKU (Institute for Continental Shelf Research)
  • 1986: EFI (The Norwegian Electricity Supply Research Institute)
  • 1987: SINTEF TTO
  • 1993: SI (The Centre for Industrial Research) becomes a part of SINTEF
  • 1999: SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • 2006: SINTEF Building and Infrastructure
  • 2017: SINTEF Ocean

SINTEF was established in 1950 by the former Norwegian Institute of Technology, which today is a part of NTNU. As a result of its own growth and mergers with other institutes, SINTEF has developed into one of Europe's largest independent research organisation.

High scientific quality

High scientific quality combined with the application of research results is the basis of SINTEF's operations.

In order to add value and innovation to our customers and society, our researchers must be at the forefront of international research. Scientific quality is documented through scientific publications and citations.

High scientific quality


Working together with the universities

SINTEF has a partnership with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. The collaboration between SINTEF and NTNU is a key component of the Norwegian research system, which has produced high levels of innovation for the benefit of Norwegian industry and communities. Our collaboration includes extensive use of laboratories and equipment.

NTNU personnel work on SINTEF projects, and SINTEF employees have teaching assignments at NTNU. Our partnership also includes almost 30 long-term research centres and the sharing of about 200 laboratories. We also work together with the University of Oslo and other leading research centres in Norway and worldwide.

Employees from 75 nations - Customers in more than 60 countries across the world

Employees from 75 nations - Customers in more than 60 countries across the world

We work extensively with other research organisations in Europe. SINTEF has an office in Brussels and is by far the largest Norwegian participant in the EU's research programmes. This strengthens our position at the global forefront of many key scientific research disciplines.

Organisation and localisation

SINTEF is organised as an enterprise group consisting of six research institutes. In addition, SINTEF Holding manages SINTEF's ownership in start-up companies and other enterprises.

SINTEF is located in Trondheim in mid-Norway (1400 employees) and in Oslo (400 employees). We also have personnel in offices and subsidiary companies in Bergen, Tromsø, Ålesund, Raufoss, Mo i Rana, Porsgrunn, Brussels and Hirtshals (Denmark). SINTEF also operates a research station in Svalbard.

Regional presence is a part of our strategy

Being close to our clients is important to us, and for this reason we are represented in all regions in Norway. Regardless of where our clients are based, they have easy access to experts throughout the entire SINTEF organisation.

SINTEF is certified

  • SINTEF is certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 standards.
  • SINTEF shall at all times work to ensure that the organisation's results meet adequately the requirements and expectations of our clients and other stakeholders.
  • Our management system ensures that SINTEF delivers products and services in accordance with the specified level of quality, safeguards the environment and operates with a systematic approach to occupational health and safety.

HSE and ethical standards are at the top of our agenda

  • SINTEF has high standards for HSE, ethics and social responsibility.
  • Our employees have a duty to adhere to HSE standards and ethical guidelines linked to research, business management and personal relations.
  • All our suppliers have to sign a declaration covering HSE, business ethics and social responsibility when they enter into agreements with us.
  • SINTEF has its own Ethics Ombudsman and Ethics Council.
  • SINTEF is a member of Transparency International and the UN Global Compact.


Health, safety and the environment are given first priority in SINTEF. The safety of our employees always comes ahead of other considerations.

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Contact information to our research institutes:

  • SINTEF Community (www)
  • SINTEF Digital () (www)
  • SINTEF Energy Research () (www)
  • SINTEF Industry () (www)
  • SINTEF Ocean () (www)
  • SINTEF Manufacturing () (www)