International Research Projects

The University of Padova currently manages around 100 European research projects, and most of them are funded within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation running from 2014 to 2020.

23 Departments and 2 Research Institutes of the University are involved in these projects. From the beginning of the Framework Programme, 81 projects have been funded for a total EU contribution of more than € 30 Million.

Among the project funded by Horizon 2020, it is relevant to mention 14 projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC): they are ground-breaking research projects, lead by excellent scientists, who chose the University of Padova to carry out their outstanding research activities.

In addition to Horizon 2020 projects, the University of Padova has obtained funds from research programmes (EU and non-EU) which involve researchers not only from medical and technological backgrounds but also from legal, social and humanistic areas.The great variety of projects financed by research programmes indicates the University’s excellent resources in most scientific areas.

Research Projects (International Highlights website)

Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation running from 2014 to 2020, is made up of three main pillars and other cross-cutting programmes.

Learn more about Horizon 2020

Structure of the Horizon 2020


Cooperation is the largest subarea of FP7, and supports transnational research ventures within Europe and between EU countries and third countries. Cooperation covers 10 themes, and different project funding schemes. The programme is intended to promote collaboration between universities, industry, research institutes and national authorities.


Ideas supports frontier research in Europe within all areas of research and technology. It is not a requirement that the collaboration cross national borders, but that it promote creativity and excellence in European research. The programme is implemented through the European Research Council (ERC).


People supports researcher mobility and career development for researchers in Europe and in third countries. The programme is implemented through different instruments in the Marie Curie Actions. They all entail researcher mobility across national borders, and can support individual mobility, larger networks and conferences.


Capacities must stimulate realization of Europe's research potential for a viable knowledge economy. The activities cover several areas – such as research infrastructures, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Europe's regions and competence development in third countries.


The programme promotes pacific use of nuclear research and technology. It comprise research, technological development, international cooperation, dissemination of technical information, and exploitation activities, as well as training.

Joint Tecnologies Initiatives (JTI)

Joint Technology Initiatives are long-term public-private partnerships that pursue ambitious common research objectives. They support large-scale multinational research activities in areas of major interest to European industrial competitiveness and issues of high societal relevance.

Framework of the Research at the University of Padova  (pdf version)

The Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund are the financial instruments of EU regional policy, in pursuing the goal of economic, social and territorial cohesion. Veneto Region meets two objectives: the "regional competitiveness and employment" and the "European territorial cooperation" objective.

There are programmes related to specific research areas and usually managed by the competent Directorates General. The University of Padova participates, among others, in the following programmes:

  • Health Programme has three overarching objectives: (i) improve citizens' health security, (ii) promote health and reduce health inequalities, (iii) generate and disseminate health information and knowledge;
  • Fundamental Rights and Justice Programme aims to promote the development of a European society based on European Union citizenship and respectful of fundamental rights;
  • Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) has the objective to enhance the quality of life of older people and strengthen the industrial base in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT);
  • Life Plus is the EU main instrument for the environment and the general objective is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.
  • Eurostar is a programme that supports research-performing small and medium enterprises, which develop innovative products, processes and services, to gain competitive advantage.

International Research Office
Servizio Ricerca Internazionale
Via Martiri della Libertà, 8 - 35122 Padova
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