Creation of a “Scientific network of excellence” in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region among universities, public research bodies and international research bodies to reinforce the capacity for action, attractiveness and competitiveness at a national and international level of the institutions


Creation and enhancement of integrated research infrastructures, to reinforce the capacity for action of the scientific institutions and to optimise the use of the infrastructures themselves, making them available also to private companies, and creation of shared services for research or the coordination of existing services


Within the actions funded by Regional Law 2/2011 (Funding of the regional university system) relating to research facilities, in the interest of integration, optimisation and implementation of shared services for research, the Plan includes the creation of an innovative inter-university facility devoted to research, training and innovation, with a multi-disciplinary approach, which shall be competitive at the international level in the field of the research on the diseases related to the ageing of the population, such as: tumours, neurodegenerative, cardiovascular and chronic diseases. 
The Facility will connect, through an integrated research and experimentation network, the activities of the three regional universities in the field of molecular biomedicine, under the supervision of the University of Trieste, which shall be the managing partner of the Action to be developed in cooperation with the University of Udine and SISSA. Specifically, the Plan includes the implementation of a central lab (hub), equipped with large and medium-sized scientific equipment and the upgrading of the labs connected through the network (spoke). Such measures shall be accompanied by the upgrading of the microscopy equipment.
The concentration and the networking of human and technological resources aims to favour the achievement of scientific results of excellence, competitive at the national and international level, thanks to a shared environment, the international calibre of the researchers involved and the availability of state-of-the-art equipment. With its activity, Bionica further aims to make a contribution to the training of new generations of researchers, physicians and entrepreneurs, providing the necessary basis on multiple aspects of research in the fields involved.
This Measure is included in the “2016-2018 three-year Programme” relating to the funding of the regional university system pursuant to Regional Law 2/2011.


University of Trieste (managing body), University of Udine and International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)

Starting date: 

Starting from 2017

Expected duration: 



€ 2.110,991.75

Expected result: 

Enhancement of the regional resources in terms of integrated research infrastructures, with a related increase in the potential for research and attractiveness of the regional academic and scientific system and promotion of the transfer of knowledge at the clinical and industrial level

Indicators of realization: 

Stipulation of the memorandum of understanding and start of the Center's activities by 2019