Aims and Results


Politecnico di Milano is committed to achieving excellence in research. The path towards excellence is developed along the following actions: support advanced and fundamental research activities; develop strategic partnerships with academia and industry around the world to make significant contributions to society; develop new interdisciplinary research lines to tackle societal challenges; embed scientific developments and research results into university education. The Departments of Politecnico di Milano are responsible for the implementation of the mission in their scientific domains.


Open Access

Politecnico di Milano promotes the principle of Open Access, in compliance with the terms of its own statutes, which state that "Politecnico di Milano promotes full and open access to knowledge and the free circulation and widest possible distribution, including digitally, of educational, cultural and organisational content" (article 4) and as defined in the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities of October 2003, signed by Politecnico with the signing of the Messina Declaration of 2004. The principle of Open Access aims at strengthening international dissemination of scientific research; at reducing duplication of scientific studies; at reinforcing interdisciplinary research, transfer of knowledge to companies and transparency to the public; at making the use of scientific contributions more effective for educational ends; at guaranteeing preservation of scientific production over time.

Publishing in Open Access

Charter for Researchers

In 2005, the European Commission adopted the Recommendation regarding the European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. This document provides a framework for both researchers and the bodies that finance research, guaranteeing work conditions and improving career prospects, focusing on: recruitment transparency, ethical principles for research, professional development and continuing education, social security and mobility.

In 2014, Politecnico di Milano carried out the self-assessment phase and defined the action plan. In June 2015 the European Commission stated that the analysis met all the requirements for the use of the ”HR Excellence in Research” award.

On the 5th of April 2018 Politecnico di Milano received a positive feedback regarding your interim assessment.  Therefore activities foreseen in the new Action Plan will continue for three years.

Here you can find the Gap Analysis and the Action Plan.

Gap Analysis and Action Plan

Quality Assurance of Research and Third Mission

Research Results

For the Politecnico di Milano's ranking in international classifications, please see the page "Politecnico di Milano figures".

Politecnico di Milano is the top Italian university for projects funded by the European Commission in the context of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development, which illustrates its capacity for planning and attracting funds to Lombardy.

The results are summarised as follows:

  • number of funded projects: 281
  • success rate: 25,6%
  • EU funding: 90 million euro.

The University boasts a success rate above the European average of 21% and above the Italian average of 18.3%. In particular, in the context of the ERC Subprogramme, the University won, as Host Institution, 5 Advanced Grants, 2 Consolidator Grants and 1 Starting Grant, plus 1 Advanced Grant as Partner.

Activities that produce self-financing represent a considerable part of the University's budget. The annual amount of self-financing from research contracts is around 100 million euro.

In the five-year period between 2009 and 2013, Politecnico di Milano signed numerous contracts with public and private entities for a sum over 500,000.00€. In particular, 15 contracts were signed with private parties for an overall value of 12,200,000.00€ (average contract value 820,000.00€) and 25 contracts with public entities for received resources totalling 23,000,000.00€ (average contract value around 920,000.00€). The main public entities with which the University cooperates in research are the Region of Lombardy, CNR, ASI, the Municipality of Milan, Enea, the Chamber of Commerce and the Ministries.

The results about europen funded projects - in particular Horizon 2020 projects - are available at the following page: EU Projects.