Research Quality Assessment
ANVUR evaluates the quality of the outcomes of the research of the universities and research institutes, mainly through peer review, as mandated by the Presidential Decree no. 76/2010 (under art. 3, paragraph 1, letter a and paragraph 2, letter b).
The Evaluation of Research Quality (VQR) exercises aim at evaluating the research outcomes of public universities and research institutes, as well as those of private institutions that voluntarily submit their research outcomes for evaluation. Currently, VQR is carried out every five years according to the law no. 232/2016, art. 1, paragraph 339; the Minister of University and Research has to issue a special decree establishing the guidelines and providing for the resources needed to carry out the research assessment exercise.
The VQR exercises provide an up-to-date assessment of the state of research in the various scientific fields, in order to promote the improvement of research quality in the assessed institutions and to allocate the performance-based share of the Fondo di Finanziamento Ordinario (FFO) – the Ordinary Financing Fund for the Italian Universitiy system.
The first VQR exercise, covering the years between 2004 and 2010, took place after the issuance of the Ministerial Decree no. 17/2011. Its findings were made public in the summer of 2013. The second VQR exercise, covering the years between 2011 and 2014, took place after the issuance of the Ministerial Decree no. 458/2015 and its findings were made public in February 2017. The third VQR exercise covering the years between 2015 and 2019, has just started with the issuance of the Ministerial Decree no. 1110/2019 and its findings will be made public in October 2021.
Link for submission https://vqr.cineca.it/