University Departments of Excellence
Law of 11 December 2016, n. 232 provides for the establishment of a “Fund for the financing of university departments of excellence”, with an annual budget of 271 million euros, in order “to encourage the activity of the departments of state universities which are characterized by excellence in quality of research and scientific, organizational and didactic planning, as well as with reference to the research purposes of «Industry 4.0»”.
Based on the legislation, ANVUR has defined, at the request of the MUR, a “Standardized departmental performance indicator”. Following the latest research quality assessment (VQR 2015-19), ANVUR has therefore drawn up a preliminary ranking of the best 350 Departments of state universities.
Pursuant to art. 1, paragraph 321 of Law 11 December 2016, n. 232, the state universities belonging to the Departments placed in the first 350 positions of the ranking presented their departmental development project to the Ministry of University and Research to obtain funding.
The projects presented were submitted to the evaluation of a Commission, made up of seven members; Combining the ISPD score (maximum 70 points) and the project evaluation (maximum 30 points), the Commission drew up a final ranking of the 180 Departments of excellence, also taking into account the maximum number of departments eligible for funding for each of the 14 CUN areas.
As established by paragraphs paragraph 328 and paragraph 331 letter d), of the Law of 11 December 2016, n. 232, ANVUR publishes the ranking of the 180 Departments awarded the funding for the five-year period 2023-2027.
Archive: Department of Excellence 2018-2022