International Research Projects

The University of Padova manages more than 200 European research projects. Most of them are funded within the FP7. 32 Departments and Research Institutes are involved in these projects. In 2013, 29 new projects were approved by the European Commission within the FP7. The total sum of EU contribution assigned to those projects amounts to more than 11 Million Euro.
The participation of the University of Padova in the Seventh Framework Programme has then increased: 194 is now the number of funded projects within the FP7 framework, out of which 41 managed as a coordinating body, for a total contribution of € 65 Million. Among them, 15 projects were funded by the European Research Council within the specific programme “Ideas”.

The successful participation of the University of Padova in this programme in 2012 and 2013 represents the best result among the Italian Universities. “Ideas” is the most eminent EU programme for research funding. It supports projects with a contribution that varies from 1,5 to 3,5 Million Euro. Furthermore, the University of Padova also performed in a distinguished way in other EU programmes in the last years for a total EU contribution of € 3,5 Million.

The great variety of projects financed by research programmes indicates the University’s excellent resources in most scientific areas.

Research Projects (International Highlights website)

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


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.

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
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