Università degli Studi di Firenze
The University of Florence can trace its origins to the Studium Generale, which was established in 1321, and it is one of the largest organizations for research and higher education in Italy with about 53,000 students,1,700 teaching and research staff, 1,400 technical and administrative staff and 1,600 PhD students and research fellows.
Researchers at the University of Florence operate within 21 different departments and can benefit from approximately 40 research structures, including inter-departmental and inter-university centres, as well as specialized research, knowledge transfer and advanced training centres. Moreover, a significant part of the yearly budget is allocated to scientific research.
Recently, the University of Florence has been ranked among top Italian Universities for the distribution of national research funds, and it is one of the most active Italian universities in terms of European projects and related grants.
In the 7th Framework Programme, the EU funded about 150 projects for a total of over 40 million Euros. The University has also submitted several proposals with a high success rate in the framework of the Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 and other EU programmes. As of December 2020, the University of Florence has over 70 H2020 ongoing projects, 23 Erasmus+ projects, 12 LIFE projects and 17 projects that have been funded under joint initiatives. The University also participates in several research programmes sponsored by international agencies, associations, foundations and other donors.
Università di Pisa
Founded in 1343, the University of Pisa is one of the most ancient and prestigious universities in Europe, counting today about 54.000 students, 1.550 faculty members and 1.621 administrative staff. Organised in 20 large departments covering all subject areas, Unipi is committed to promoting high-quality research and teaching in all fields of knowledge. The quality of the research of Unipi is attested by a significant number of research projects funded by the European Framework Programmes (157 in FP7 and 206 so far in Horizon 2020 and other European programmes) including fourteen prestigious ERC grants won in different research fields.
Unipi is member of several European and international networks like EUA, EOSC Association, Science|Business and UNIMED and is involved in many of the most important EU initiatives related to the Horizon 2020 framework programme (e.g. EERA, EuroMarine, ENMat, euRobotics, Biobased Industry Consortium (BIC), European Technology Platform Nanomedicine (ETPN), International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF), Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (A.SPIRE), Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP), European Food Security Authority (EFSA) etc.).
Università degli Studi di Siena
Founded in 1240, the University of Siena perfectly combines its historical roots with a forward-looking worldview. Students from different countries (international students are 10% of the total) live in an intercultural town and enjoy innovative teaching courses, 18 of them entirely taught in English. Researchers, whose articles appear in important peer-reviewed journals, work in cutting-edge laboratories and promote spin-off companies. University of Siena’s high-quality research is proven by many independent rankings besides more than 50 EU-funded projects since 2014 until now, 45 under Horizon 2020 one of the them in the ERC Synergy strand. Four Departments have been selected by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research as “Departments of Excellence”.
In 2020 two major achievements should be stressed:
The establishment of UNISI-IA, the network of University of Siena labs in Artificial Intelligence and the and the UNISI Ethics Committee for Research in the Human and Social Sciences. Within UNISI-IA, the interaction among the labs can take the form of seminars, discussion groups, project building. Such interaction will therefore lead to the sharing of a common base of knowledge which is essential for future perspectives of AI.
Further information are available here: https://sites.google.com/unisi.it/unisi-ia/the-network
The Ethics Committee for Research in the Human and Social Sciences – CAREUS has been established in order to address the increasing number of research-related ethical issues in the human and social sciences. CAREUS has the expertise to express opinions on research proposals and experimental protocols submitted for review, as well as to inform and proactively raise awareness throughout the university community of the ethical implications of research activities in the humanities and social sciences. The Research and Grants Management Division (DRGM) is the CAREUS Secretariat.
Further information here: https://en.unisi.it/research/ethics-committee-research-human-and-social-sciences-careus
Being part of the central administration, the DRGM provides professional support to researchers and administrative staff during the whole research project lifecycle. After information about funding opportunities, RGM Division can help researchers to submit a competitive application, including matchmaking and budgeting. Moreover, it has a consulting role in negotiation, management and reporting phases.
Discover DRGM on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/usiena-ricerca
Università per Stranieri di Siena
The University for Foreigners of Siena is a public university specialized in teaching Italian to foreigners, in scientific research on the diffusion of Italian language and culture in the world and in the mediation of the contact between Italian language and culture and other languages. cultures.
The University for Foreigners of Siena is also involved in the training of professionals specialized in linguistic and intercultural contact, as well as in the training and updating of Italian teachers to foreigners.
Siena University for foreigners has only one and very active Department, which has been recently selected by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research as “Department of Excellence”.
The University received 10 times the European Language Label, a recognition that is awarded each year by the European Commission to the most innovative projects that promote language teaching and learning.
The University has also undertaken, since 2009, the UNI EN ISO 9001: 2008 certified Quality Course, which covers all the didactic and instrumental activities related to degree courses, language courses, CILS and DITALS language and teaching certifications.
Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca
The IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is a Public University School for Higher Education and Research with a special statute that focuses on the analysis of economic, societal, technological and cultural systems.
The IMT School promotes the full integration of research and education.
Since its institution by ministerial decree of November 18th 2005, the School has distinguished itself thanks to the quality and innovativeness of its research and doctoral program and its interdisciplinary nature, characterized by the complementarity and discourse between methodologies drawn from economics, engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, physics, archeology, art history and the analysis and management of cultural heritage.
The fusion between art and technology is also reflected in the School state-of-the-art Campus, located principally in the newly restored San Francesco Complex. The entire campus is found within the historic city center of Lucca, which is completely surrounded by a fully-intact Renaissance-era walls. The campus includes spaces for research and laboratories, courses, and living and recreation. The campus is completed by the IMT Library, which offers a plethora of resources and offers additional working and research areas for the IMT community, and the city of Lucca in general.
The Research and Technology Transfer Office supports scientific research and innovation as well as the School’s relationships with businesses. In particular, on the one hand it offers information, support and assistance services on financial, management and administrative aspects to projects funded by national, European and international bodies, both public and private; on the other hand, it provides information, support and assistance services regarding intellectual property, patents, software protection, spin-offs and start-ups.
In view of maximizing the value of research results, the Office collaborates with the Joint technology transfer office JoTTO set up with the “Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna”, “Scuola Normale Superiore” and “Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia” and focuses on the technology transfer (management of Intellectual Property, licensing activities, creation of spin-offs) for research activities developed as part of various projects and laboratories. Moreover, it also organizes courses, events and opportunities for the capitalization of research results and technology transfer.
Scuola Normale Superiore
The Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa is a public institute for higher education with unique features: students’ selection exclusively based on merit, lessons on a seminar basis, deeply intertwined teaching and research, an integrated college life and the encouragement of international exchanges based on the best European model of higher education. SNS was founded by Napoleon, over 200 years ago, on the model of the Ecole Normale Superieure in France, and has, since, kept the highest teaching and academic standards. The institution has a long and excellent tradition of academic research and a remarkable experience in fostering brilliant academic researchers in the areas of hard sciences and humanities.
Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.
Teaching activity takes place in three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences located in Florence.
SNS is part of a wide network of higher education centers worldwide targeting student exchange, joint research programs, professor exchange.
The Research and Technology Transfer Office is in charge of promoting funding opportunities for research and for the management and reporting of research projects funded by national and international institutions.
SNS promotes as well the exploitation of research results, mainly in terms of support for intellectual property protection, start-up creation and collaborative research activities (projects, infrastructures, labs) with industry. Since 2015, a Joint Technology Transfer Office (JoTTO) has been created by Scuola Normale, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa, Scuola IMT Alti Studi di Lucca and Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia in order to provide unified services. Recently two other public institutes for higher education have joint JoTTO: Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) and Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI).
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Sant’Anna School is one of the six Italian special statute university institutions, also called “Scuole Universitarie Superiori”, holding a unique position within the Italian higher education system. It is a public university in its own right, which carries out research and education in applied sciences: Economics and Management Sciences, Law, Political Sciences, Agricultural Science and Biotechnology, Industrial and Information Engineering Medical Sciences
University education (first level degrees) is reserved for students admitted to the School after passing a competition and joins the University degree courses with a supplementary training course based on merit and individual profit criteria. The teaching activities are carried out within two Academic Classes, each comprising three Scientific Sectors;
Scientific research and advanced training (PhD programs, master’s degrees and first and second level university masters), are programmed within the research institutes (Biorobotics, TeCIP, Life Sciences, Management, Economics, Dirpolis);
Thanks to its international character, excellent training and the scientific community, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna has established itself as a point of reference in Italy and abroad.
The Knowledge Transfer Office determines the most appropriate procedures for leading some research results to industrial exploitation for the benefit of the community and businesses. This activity has resulted in major and long-established partnerships with businesses and government agencies. Sant’Anna School laboratories and research centers have given rise to numerous spin-off companies and an extensive portfolio of national and international patents, some of which shared with other public and private institutions or licensed to businesses.