The aim of Centria's research and development is to develop the expertise for the companies and organizations, in order to enhance their activities and competitiveness. The goal is to both provide and create new knowledge, skills and technologies for local businesses and industries. R & D is closely linked to teaching activities, which allows Centria's students to benefit from a learning environment based on the real working life.
Centria's R & D has been identified as one of the institution's strengths and its success has been recognized on the national scale. Centria's strength is the particulary close links to the local working life. The local business and working life have been funding about one quarter of the research and development activities.