Projects and spin-offs
Over the years 2012 and 2013 Università Cattolica invested EUR 1M of its own resources in projects to research issues with significant scientific value and great social relevance, focusing on the crucial questions of living and living together: the new frontiers of economics and bioethics, the conservation of cultural heritage, changes in the field of law, family dynamics, the phenomenon of the mass media, the development of political systems, the goals of medicine, technological applications in mathematics and physics, and the most recent discoveries in environmental research. The university has two important projects in progress: “The time of crisis: analysis of the causes and prospects for solutions" and "Lengthening life: an opportunity". These two projects incorporate seven areas of research and have been made possible through funding of more than EUR 1M.
Working relationships with the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research
The Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) has funded 25 projects at national level, 5 of these being coordinated by Università Cattolica as part of the 2010-2011 Prin tender. The financing applies to 12 projects in the areas of social and humanistic sciences, 12 projects in the area of life sciences and one project in the field of physical and analytical chemistry.
Spin-offs function as a tool to facilitate using research findings for productive purposes through the incorporation of capital stock companies. In 2012-2013, Università Cattolica participated in six spin-offs as an equity investor.
At an international level, the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (2007-2013) is the main source of financing for Università Cattolica's research activities. The programme has various objectives: to strengthen the scientific and technological foundations of industry; to encourage a high level of international competitiveness; to promote research within the European Union, particularly with regard to small- and medium-sized businesses, research centres and universities. Since 2008 Università Cattolica has obtained co-financing totalling approximately EUR 19M for 74 projects. The university is coordinating seven European projects as part of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.