Cnr in figures


  • is the first research institution for number of researchers: CNR staff counts more than 8,400 researchers, technologists, technicians and administrators.
  • its structure includes 7 scientific Departments and 102 Institutes with specific leading expertise in technology and science sectors, with more than 330 secondary sites and laboratories in Italy and abroad, including the scientific bases in Arctic and Antarctic Areas. The Departments are: Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry and Materials Technology, Earth and Environment, Engineering, ICT Energy and Transportation, Physics and Materials, Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Bio and Agro-Food. The scientific, technological and applicative contribution of research in critical areas for Italy and the world is fundamental: from climate, to the planet's health, from human well-being to the study and treatment of rare diseases, from food safety to nanotechnologies, from the training of young students, to the monitoring of air, water and plants pollution levels, and in many more fields.
  • it is the first among research and university institutions in Italy for number of patents families, over 350.
  • according to the latest assessment by the National Agency for Evaluation of the University and Research System (Anvur), in the Third Mission category, CNR ranked first in terms of spin-off and multidisciplinary research (16);
  • in 2017, on the occasion of the anniversary for the 60 years of European research and the 10 years of the European Research Council (ERC), CNR has obtained rank one in Italy, among research and university institutions, thanks to the 44 ERC awards granted to single CNR researchers or in partnership with researchers from other renowned institutions and universities.
  • in 2016, CNR recruited 82 researchers for activities in 20 areas of expertise. In the same year, CNR has also granted 150 scholarships. Still in 2016, more than 5000 research and scientific collaborations have been opened with the most prestigious universities and research institutes in Italy and worldwide.
  • the estimate is that for each euro invested in CNR, the Council attracts about one euro and sixty cents. The average CNR budget, amounts to € 900 million per year of which about 40% comes from external funds represented by contracts with private entities (companies, services, provision of services, agreements) and other institutions. The contribution that CNR receives from MIUR (FOE) is about 550 million euros.
  • CNR is committed to convey research to society and particular attention is devoted to school. CNR's peculiar interdisciplinary feature, together with its network of referents across the national territory highly qualified in the multiple areas of knowledge, is an excellent benchmark available to educational institutions aimed at developing innovative didactic methodologies able to increase students' skills. The main projects devoted to the school, in collaboration with MIUR, are: the "school and job" alternation program, researchers visiting school classrooms, labs open to students, educational kits for building labs in classrooms, itinerant and interactive science centers, refresher courses for teachers, teaching sessions, contests, special projects including the Constitution’s Article 9', which orders meetings and training of students be held in different parts of Italy within CNR research institutes, in its 336 labs dedicated to schools, didactic material, evaluation of students’ understanding about research, skype connections with CNR researchers operating in the Antarctic base.
  • the web site “” was the first domain of the Italian network (December 1987) and CNR runs the activities connected to the registration and maintenance of the names under the “.it” domain.

Last update: 04/12/2017