Joint lab projects

The Joint lab project is based on a proposal of research activity to be jointly carried out by Italian and Foreign researchers who intend to share their skills as well as their research facilities to create a Joint Lab - a meeting place, both physical and virtual, having new, improved characteristics if compared to the original single structures of affiliation. In the last 10 years, mainly by initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, but also by private business and other public institutions, Italy provided financing for the creation of such Joint Labs in order to allow Italian and Foreign Institutes to carry out joint researches in the partner country. The Joint Labs launched by Cnr have the following goals: training of young researchers, industrial license patenting, technological transfer and participation in International Calls for proposals, for the granting of further financing.


The assessment of the proposals for the creation of Joint Labs, will be performed by a specifically nominated Cnr Committee, following the criteria mentioned in the Call for Proposals also taking into account the implementation of Cnr policy guidelines regarding geographical and thematic scientific areas.


Cnr is planning to finance two Joint labs, each for a period of 3 years, with a contribution ranging from a min. of €20.000 to a max of €50.000 per year. Such financing can be requested by following the instructions contained in the published on Cnr website. Applications will be accepted only if submitted using Cnr’s on-line procedure.

The Italian Principal Investigator must be a Cnr researcher. Participants in the Research Team affiliated to other Institutions, Universities or Private Enterprises, can be included provided that they contribute with their own funds. The Joint Lab will be thus financed by each participating Institution.

Goal of the Joint lab project

Each joint lab is expected to publish new results able to possibly attract and gain new investments in its specific research field within the international milieu, so to give the cooperation the possibility to continue at the end of the 3-year Cnr financing.

How to set up a Joint lab project

The joint lab is set up on the basis of a research proposal which must be jointly approved and subscribed by both partners, and will be implemented once the formal acceptance and financing by both partners are received.

The proposal will include a list of all involved researchers - also those working for other Institutions, Universities etc. with a detailed explanation of their role in the project - and the list of research facilities to be shared for common use, including their specific use plan (by percentage, if applicable).

Following the approval of the Joint Lab, it will be possible, from the second year on, to consider the involvement of additional partner Countries and/or other Institutions and Private Enterprises, if judged useful to the further development of the research itself. Each partner will participate in the financing of the Lab’s research expenses, proportionally to its own involvement and participation. All Italian procedures and regulations must be respected, as well as those of the partner Countries, with particular attention to those ruling the research activities and, particularly, Intellectual Property.

Publication of results following the implementation of Joint lab’s projects

The results obtained by the activities carried out under the Joint Lab’s Project, will have to be published prior the launch of the following Call for Proposals.


For further information: dott.ssa Antonella Briuglia, tel. 0039/06/4993-3833, e-mail

Information provided by: Unità Relazioni Internazionali

Last update: 23/04/2024