Italy - MUR

Ministry of Education, Universities and Research


MUR is Italy's key RTD policy actor and funding agency at the state level. MUR is in charge to prepare and submitting the National Research Programme (PNR – Piano Nazionaledella Ricerca) proposal to the Government and directly managing it. In preparation for the new PNR, MIUR adopted, in 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 the 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 coordinates Italy's participation in the European Union's Framework Programme.

Lead Person:
Dr Gianluigi Consoli is in charge as Head the of EU programmes Office within MIUR. He is also the Italian representative in several EU initiatives (ERAC, COST, GPC, EU-LAC). He is in charge of the administrative, legal and financial aspects in all the ERANET ERANET+, ERANET Cofund projects, and CSAs participated by MIUR.