The University of Padova fosters an environment which facilitates top-quality scholarship and research, providing leadership in setting research goals for the University, developing and implementing strategies for achieving them, capitalising on the interdisciplinary strength of University research centres, and ensuring that the research infrastructure is robust and responsive to the expanding and ever-changing needs of researchers. A particular effort is being made to enhance collaboration between university research groups and industry, with special emphasis on small and medium enterprises in North-East Italy.