Our Research Profile

ODTÜ is a research intensive university hosting 25 interdisciplinary research centers and 365 laboratories contributing to the integration of research and development activities. Heavily focused on energy, engineering, environment and materials science; ODTÜ has been participating in pioneering advancements which help transform the world into a more sustainable, secure and efficient place.

Pursuing the mission of seeking excellence in serving the country, region and the world; ODTÜ has remarkable milestones such as the founding of the first central laboratory and the establishment of the first technology development zone (ODTÜ Teknokent) in Turkey. (To read more about ODTÜ Teknokent, click here) ODTÜ also is the first and only university in Turkey to enter the top 100 on The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014 list.

Having cooperation agreements signed with over 350 universities/research institutions globally, ODTÜ also has an excellent record of international collaboration. In a year, at any time, ODTÜ is taking active part in 60 international research and development projects, majority of which are funded by European Union supported framework programmes. In 2013, research and development projects carried out by ODTÜ researchers have received 11 % of the total fund allocated to Turkey within the Seventh Framework Programme.

About 30% of the total budget of ODTÜ is derived from competitive research funds.  METU is the sole university among Turkish universities which makes the most benefit of EU and TÜBİTAK funds. There are always more than 600 on-going research and development projects in METU, excluding the projects supported within BAP (Scientific Research Projects) programme of METU.

Aiming at maintaining a dynamic research environment and valuing interdisciplinarity, ODTÜ awards more than 250 students doctorate degrees annually, and more than 1000 students can successfully finalise post-graduate programmes each year.  Postgraduate theses are realised for the needs of several sectors (defence and space, health technologies, sustainable energy and transformation) within the scope of Researchers Development Programme for the Defence Industry (SAYP) and Cooperation Development Programme for Research Centres (MİGEP) and qualified researchers are schooled and trained in these fields.  More than 50 postdoctoral researchers continue their research in METU. ODTÜ has a young research profile supported by 58 years of experience:  42% of all FP7 projects have been administrated by junior faculty members.

Please click on the image below to download ODTÜ Research Activity Report 2013:

Research Activity Report 2013