For some time the provincial government has considered research, innovation and higher education policy to be priorities for area development. Over the years it has established and consolidated a structured system of legislation and instruments on the matter and promoted a wide range of actions and different lines of funding to orient this policy and support its implementation. 

The main instrument is LP 14/2005, which identifies agreements with the Bruno Kessler and Edmund Mach Foundations, the University of Trento and research organisations as the principal method of intervention, but also tender notices for the funding of research projects.

The Long-term Research Plan of the previous legislature (2010 – 2013) organised the funding of research by dividing it into different lines of action, including development projects, exploratory or “curiosity driven” projects and “major projects”, namely initiatives proposing to take the Trentino research system forward in strategic directions with potential for notable development, both in terms of scientific results and potential applications. A major project sets itself wide-ranging long-term objectives and implies the mobilisation of qualified human resources and the creation of new laboratories or specifications.

The “2012 Major Research Projects” call for proposals saw the funding of the following 6 projects, which will conclude in 2017


Characterizing and improving brain mechanisms of attention, coordinated by the University of Trento (Project Manager, Prof. David Melcher), in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia- Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems, Fondazione Bruno Kessler e Massachusetts General Hospital.


2- AXonomIX

Identifying the translational networks altered in motor neuron diseases, coordinated by the University of Trento (Project Manager, Prof. Alessandro Quattrone) in collaboration with the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto di Biofisica, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Department of Biomedical Sciences and CNR Institute of Neuroscience, University of Padova e College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK


3- LExEM

Laboratory of Excellence for Epidemiology and Modelling. Facing the introduction and spread of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) into the territory of the Autonomous Province of Trento, coordinated by Fondazione Edmund Mach (Project Manager, dott.ssa Annapaola Rizzoli) in collaboration with Fondazione Bruno Kessler per le Tecnologie dell’informazione, Università degli Studi di Trento, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie e Università Bocconi


4- MaDEleNA

Developing and Studying novel intelligent nanoMaterials and Devices towards Adaptive Electronics and Neuroscience Applications, coordinated by Istituto dei Materiali per l'Elettronica ed il Magnetismo del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – IMEM-CNR (Project manager, prof. Salvatore Iannotta) in collaboration with Fondazione Bruno Kessler , Università di Trento, Istituto di Biofisica IBF-CNR, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie IFN-CNR


5- SiQuro

On silicon chip quantum optics for quantum computing and secure Communications,coordinated by Università degli Studi di Trento (Project Manager, prof. Lorenzo Pavesi) in collaboration with Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto Nazionale di Ottica e Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich


6- TranscrApple

Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of apple fruit development, coordinated by Fondazione Edmund Mach (Project Manager: dott. Azeddine Si Ammour) in collaboration with Università degli Studi di Padova e Università degli Studi di Trento


Thanks to co-funding from the European Commission in the context of  7th framework programme for research - “ Marie Curie Actions” – COFUND, the Trentino project: The Trentino programme of research, training and mobility of post-doctoral researchers, has made it possible to create opportunities for the training and mobility of experienced incoming and outgoing researchers, but also for researchers in the initial phase of their careers, reinforcing the Trentino research system and encouraging the international dimension.

Beginning in June 2009 and concluding in June 2014, the Trentino project has indeed funded 85 research projects – out of over 300 presented – in many fields of interest for the local area, such as the environment and biodiversity, local development and new technology.

Another important tool for achieving the statutory goals for scientific research is represented by the research tenders of the Euregio Fund for scientific research, within the framework of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) or “Euroregion” (Euregio): the EGTC is a cross-border regional cooperative structure founded in 2007, with legal personality and capacity, created to encourage interregional cooperation and facilitate the development of cross-border projects at regional and local level.

The objective of the Euregio Fund for scientific research is the promotion of long-term cross-border research projects in the field of basic research, with scientists and researchers from research institutes in Tyrol, Alto Adige and Trentino.

With resources of 3 million euro in total, through the first tender notice the Fund allocated 1.6 million euro to support 6 out of the 35 projects presented by 10 research institutions, leading to the creation of 20 new jobs in the three regional areas, whereas the second notice provides for a further 1.4 million euro. The tender notice is directed at all research institutes in Tyrol, Alto Adige and Trentino whose researchers intend to carry out joint projects in the context of basic research. The main criterion is represented by the scientific level of the projects, while as a secondary consideration precedence is given to ideas involving all three areas. The duration of the project, which must have a cost of between 250 thousand and 500 thousand euro, must be between two and three years.

Project link: