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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza


N. 4 - 26 feb 2014
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali


Scientific research: Italy calls Europe

The database Italian Research Map (IRM) collects the data relative to FP7 projects to which more than 2,000 Italian contractors participated, up to Devember 2013. Possible limits and incompletenesses should be referred to the official source. The 173 Countries admitted to FP7 research programme hold more than 100,000 project partecipations altogether. Contractors at the first 20 places in the ranking boast more then 1,000 participations each and they are all UE Members except Israel, the only non-European Country in the top20, with 1,786 participations to FP7 projects. In this picture, the first relevant data for Italy is its position in respect to other bigs of European research. With 10,619 participations, about 10% of the total, Italy gains the 4th place after Germany, United Kingdom and France and before Spain. These five countries cover altogher almost 50% of the total amount of projects. Italy is then well positioned, even though among the lower places in the top ranking, and quite close to France.

On about 2,300 Italian contractors admitted to FP7, the top ranking goes, as expected, to the most important universities and research centres, like Cnr (National Research Council, at the first place), Fiat Research Centre, Enea, Agency for the Promotion of Research in Europe (Apre), D'Appolonia, Italian Istitute for Technology Foundation, TMicroelectronics and National Institute for Nuclear Physics. Not far behind, also the National Institute for Astrophysics.

The first five positions in the ranking of Italian contractors cover the 10% of projects. Cnr, in particular, participates to a large part of FP7 Italian projects. Ordering the European organizations by participations, Cnr ranks at the fourth place among those with more than 200 participations each.

For the Ict theme, Cnr, Politecnico of Milan and Turin, other universities, STMicroelectronics, Telecom and Fiat Research Centre establish themselves very well. Besides, some non-academic contractors stand out too, such as Bruno Kessler Foundation, Txt, HP srl, Alcatel. In regards to the theme health, research projects are mostly distributed in the cities of Northen Italy, with several universities, Cnr and those institutes involved in medical research by nature and vocation: Italian National Heath Institute (Istituto superiore di sanità), San Raffaele, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Telethon Foundation. Bruno Kessler Foundation and Italian Institute for Technology are once again well positioned.

The picture slightly changes for the environment sector of FP7 projects: besides Cnr in first position, non-academic centres now gain the top positions for participations – linked to environmental and energetic themes – such as the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Changes, Enea, Amra to which follow La Sapienza, Alma mater Bologna, Padova, Tuscia and Firenze as the best positioned universities. In this case, besides the small and medium industry research, in the second part of the ranking we can find Arpa Agencies,council and provincial institutions, absent in other themes. Italian participation is on the contrary very low in the important programme Ideas-Erc dedicated to basic research.

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