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 51,000 students,1,800 teaching and research staff, 1,600 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 2019, the University of Florence has over 70 H2020 ongoing projects and more than 90 other EU projects in the field of education, cooperation and joint initiatives. The University also participates in several research programmes sponsored by international agencies, associations, foundations and other donors. The University has been granted in December 2018 the European ‘HR Excellence in Research’ award.
Università di Pisa
Founded in 1343, the University of Pisa is one of the most ancient and prestigious universities in Europe, counting today about 56.000 students, 1.400 faculty members and 1.500 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 163 so far in Horizon 2020) including eleven prestigious ERC grants won in different research fields.
Unipi is member of several eureopean and international networks like EUA, Science|Business and UNIMED and is involved in many of the most important EU initiatives related to the Horizon 2020 framework program (e.g. JTI Clean Sky, EERA, EuroMarine, ENMat, euRobotics, Biobased Industry Consortium (BIC), International Platform of Insects for Food and FeedInternational Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) 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 a medieval, 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.
Four Departments have been selected by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research as “Departments of Excellence”.
Research and Grants Management Division 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.
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 one of the six Schools of Higher Special Formation in Italy. The School is a public academic institution organized as graduate school and research center. The main area of study is the analysis of economic, social, technological and cultural systems. The School organizes PhD courses in close and continuous connection with related research activities. While there are two distinct PhD Programs – System Science and Cognitive and Cultural Systems – there is significant interchange between all areas.
The campus is located in the former convent of San Francesco, a monumental complex built during the 13th century. The model of the residential campus promotes dialogue between the various disciplines.
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 JoTTO technology transfer office 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 is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. 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.
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.