Research Office

Researchers at work

The Research Office of the University of Sassari is engaged in the following activities:

  • it provides information on local, national, EU research project calls and promote them among research teams;
  • it provides assistance in the management and planning of research projects;
  • it manages the research-related dialogue with other institutions, such as the Regional Government, the Ministry of Education and Research, and other Universities.

This page includes some information on the main programmes promoted by the Research Office.

For furthern information on the programmes and activities performed within the national borders, visit the Official page on the Italian website.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing theInnovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

For further information, visit the Official website.

Programme Italie/France ‘Maritime’ 2014-2020

Italie France Maritime

Le Programme Italie/France ‘Maritime’ 2014-2020  est un programme de coopération territorialevisant à améliorer la coopération entre les zones frontalières- comprises au sein de l’espace maritime et côtier de l’arc nord tyrrhénien- dans les domaines de l’accessibilité, de l’innovation, de la valorisation des ressources naturelles et culturelles afin d’assurer la cohésion des territoires et de favoriser l’emploi et le développement durable. 

Le programme Italie/ France ‘Maritime’ est financé par le Fonds Européen de Développement Régional pour la période de programmation 2014-2020 et est doté d’un budget de 169.702.411,00 Euro. 

Il est ouvert aux territoires suivants :

Sardaigne - NUTS 3: Sassari, Nuoro, Cagliari, Oristano, Olbia-Tempio, Ogliastra, Medio-Campidano, Carbonia-Iglesias;
Toscane - NUTS 3: Massa-Carrara, Lucca, Pisa, Livorno, Grosseto;
Ligurie - NUTS 3: Genova, Imperia, La Spezia, Savona.

Corse - NUTS 3: Corse du Sud, Haute-Corse;
Provence-Alpes- Côte d'Azur (PACA) - NUTS 3: Alpes-Maritimes, Var.

Les 4 axes principaux du Programme Italie/France ‘Maritime’:

  • Axe 1-  Accessibilité et réseaux de communication: Améliorer l’accès aux réseaux matériels et immatériels et aux services de transport afin d’intégrer ces réseaux et les rendre compétitifs notamment dans une optique de développement des TEN et des autoroutes de la mer
  • Axe 2-  Innovation et compétitivité: Favoriser le développement de l’innovation et de l’esprit d’entreprise, dans l’optique d’une majeure compétitivité du tissu productif local au sein d’un contexte méditerranéen et global 
  • Axe 3-  Ressources naturelles et culturelles: Promouvoir la protection et la gestion conjointe des ressources naturelles et culturelles, la prévention des risques naturels et technologiques dans une optique de développement durable et de valorisation de l’espace de coopération
  • Axe 4- Intégration des ressources et des services: Développer la collaboration pour améliorer l’accès aux fonctions rares et urbaines de la zone de coopération (services avancés de qualité) notamment dans les secteurs de la santé, de la culture, du tourisme, de la qualité de vie et de l’éducation

For further information, visit the Official website.

ENI: EU and its neighbouring countries

European Neighbourhood Instrument
  • Fostering human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law, equality, sustainable democracy, good governance and a thriving civil society.
  • Achieving progressive integration into the EU internal market and enhanced co-operation including through legislative approximation and regulatory convergence, institution building and investments.
  • Creating conditions for well managed mobility of people and promotion of people-to-people contacts.
  • Encouraging development, poverty reduction, internal economic, social and territorial cohesion, rural development, climate action and disaster resilience.
  • Promoting confidence building and other measures contributing to security and the prevention and settlement of conflicts.
  • Enhancing sub-regional, regional and Neighbourhood wide collaboration as well as Cross-Border Cooperation.

Relations and goals will be further advanced through the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), which has replaced the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), so that it reflects real needs and considerations that have emerged over the years. The Regulation setting up the ENI underlines that it should give support to the implementation of the political initiatives shaping the ENP, including the Eastern Partnership and the Union for the Mediterranean. Giving incentives and rewarding best performers, as well as offering funds in a faster and more flexible manner, are the two main principles underlying the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) worth over €15 billion from 2014-2020. Based on the experiences gained until today, the ENI will support the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and turn decisions taken on a political level into actions on the ground

Effective from 2014 to 2020 the ENI seeks to streamline financial support, concentrating on agreed policy objectives, and make programming shorter and better focused, so that it is more effective

The ENI will build on the achievements of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) and bring more tangible benefits to both the EU and its Neighbourhood partners. It has a budget of €15.433 billion and will provide the bulk of funding to the European Neighbourhood countries through a number of programmes.

For further information, visit the Official website.


Interreg Europe 2014-2020


INTERREG IVC provides funding for interregional cooperation across Europe. It is implemented under the European Community’s territorial co-operation objective and financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Operational Programme was approved in September 2007 and the period for INTERREG IVC will last from 2007-2013. This programme follows on from the INTERREG IIIC programme which ran from 2002-2006.

The overall objective of the INTERREG IVC Programme is to improve the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments. A project builds on the exchange of experiences among partners who are ideally responsible for the development of their local and regional policies.

The areas of support are innovation and the knowledge economy, environment and risk prevention. Thus, the programme aims to contribute to the economic modernisation and competitiveness of Europe. INTERREG IVc is linked to the objectives of Lisbon and Gothenburg agendas.

Typical tools for exchange of experience are networking activities such as thematic workshops, seminars, conferences, surveys, and study visits. Project partners cooperate to identify and transfer good practices. Possible project outcomes include for example case study collections, policy recommendations, strategic guidelines or action plans. INTERREG IVC also allows light implementation or piloting, but only if these complement the exchange of experience activities.

For further information, visit the Official website.