SINTEF is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. They create value through knowledge generation, research and innovation, and develop technological solutions that are brought into practical use. SINTEF is a broadly based, multidisciplinary research concern that possesses international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences, and their aim is to become the most renowned contract research institution in Europe. SINTEF is an independent, non-commercial organisation. The profits of their contract research projects are invested in new research, scientific equipment and competence development. In the course of the past five years, they have invested NOK 500 million of our own funds in laboratories and scientific equipment. SINTEF has clients in about 60 different countries. In 2012, 17 percent of our turnover was derived from international contracts. About 50 percent of their international turnover comes from the EU’s research programmes, in which SINTEF is a leading participant. European Union projects are given high priority, because they believe that it is important to participate in multinational knowledge-generation efforts, and because such projects give them access to interesting networks. Their ambition is to grow in the international R & D market, and for this reason, they are investing in areas in which they are particularly strong: oil and gas, energy and the environment, materials technology, maritime and biomarine technology, ICT, building research and medical technology.