Issues affecting humans and nature are long-term complex targets that cannot be dealt with single solutions melt together. A wider innovative approach is to be pursued on both a competency and organizational level.
Ca’ Foscari University further promotes its scientific excellence giving researchers a new opportunity to virtually gather and join one - or more - Research Institute, where they will contribute with their own expertise and know-how, working together beyond their restricted areas of interest to solve large-scale challenging issues.
In a time of increasing competitiveness your research outcomes might not get the deserved visibility and resonance, no matter the quality of research nor the excellence of single researchers. Moreover, if you sit alone in your lab doing your research you might never know your results could help clarify an important wider problem, and are not only useful numbers for the next to-be-published paper.
Nowadays winning European research funds is getting harder than ever. You can have the best creative idea, collaborate with extraordinary colleagues, but if you don’t get enough funds all this precious assets risk to be vain. The “old fashioned” approach works perfectly with detailed research lines aiming at solving specific issues, but does not match with broader funding requirements.
Horizon 2020, the largest EU Research and Innovation Programme, is not organized into classical distinct research themes as previous Framework Programmes. It overtly focuses on global challenges to be untangled using an interdisciplinary approach.
Research Institutes will boost research projects to local, national, European and international competitive calls. Moreover they will establish key ‘entry points’ for external stakeholders and strengthen networking with enterprises, regional and local authorities, funding bodies and research institutions.