Ministry of Education, University and Research

Organisation type: 
Ministry / public service

Contact information



Contact person: Dr. Maria Uccellatore


Streetname: Piazzale J.F. Kennedy 20

House number:

ZIP: 00144

City: Rome

Country: Italy


The Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) is the key RTD policy actor and funding agency in Italy at state level.
MIUR is in charge to prepare and to submit the National Research Programme (PNR – Piano Nazionale della Ricerca) proposal to the Government and to directly manage it. In preparation of the new PNR, MIUR adopted, on March 2013, a new strategic document called “Horizon 2020 Italy” aimed at defining a reference framework coherent with the European one.
Besides, the Ministry, in charge of definition of strategic priorities in Research and higher education, has the following responsibilities: coordination, assessment and evaluation of the national university system and advanced training schools; supporting and fostering basic research in university and research institutions, programming intervention in public research institutions; coordination, regulation and funding of national research institutions; coordination of the research activities promoted by other Ministries; monitoring and supporting the integration between the research system and industries; integration between public research and applied research; promoting and supporting research in the industry system; funding research programmes for southern regions; promoting initiatives such as the Funds for the diffusion of scientific culture (PUS); enforcement of EU and international rules on university education and research. The Ministry also has key responsibilities for international co-operation. It concludes bi- and multilateral agreements on research and technology collaboration and is in charge of co-ordinating Italy’s participation in the European Union’s Framework Programme

Description of the research programme(s) with which MIUR participate, the main programme objectives, and previous experience and participation:

MIUR runs a special programme named FIRST (Fondo per gli investimenti nella ricerca scientifica e tecnologica – Fund for Investments on scientific and technological research). This programme, set at the beginning of year 2007 and completely renewed in mid-2013 with new, simplified and very flexible procedures, replaces all the programmes previously managed by the ministry. FIRST is a sort of framework programme dedicated to fund basic research, industrial research and experimental development activities. Thematic orientations and implementing procedures will be defined in each call text.