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

European Charter for Researchers


In 2005, the European Commission adopted the Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

It is a set of general principles and requirements covering the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers and those who recruit or fund them.

The Charter ensures that the relationship facilitates researchers' professional career development and is conducive to successful generation, transfer and dissemination of knowledge and technological development.


The contents mainly concern the following macro areas:

- research ethical and professional aspects
- researchers recruitment and selection
- working conditions and social security
- training, development and mobility

The "HR Strategy for Researchers" has been established since 2008. This fosters the full implementation of the Charter and Code across Europe. Adherence to the process means that institutions starting this process are permitted to use the HRS4R logo.

The award recognises the progress made in aligning the University's HR policies with the principles set out in the Charter and Code. It is periodically reconfirmed by the European Commission to create an increasingly favourable and high-level academic environment for researchers worldwide.

Politecnico di Milano in 2014, started the process to adhere to the HRS4R principles and methodology, following all the foreseen steps. In 2015, the European Commission granted the "HR Excellence in Research" award to the University. Politecnico di Milano works daily to follow the European Charter for Researchers founding principles. It integrates and aligns its path to create a better working environment and successfully generates, transfers, shares and disseminates knowledge and technological development, and develops the researchers' career.

The process had the following steps:

2014 Start of the certification process - 2015 Obtaining the award HR Excellence in Research - 2017 Interim Assessment, new Action Plan and confirmation of the award - 2020 New Action Plan (2020-2022) - 2021 Interim Assessment - 2022 Site Visit for award renewal 

In 2021, the process for the award renewal was initiated. In 2022, Politecnico di Milano received the Assessors' Site Visit.

Below is the documentation produced.

Research Results

Politecnico di Milano annually attracts more than € 100 million through research contracts and external funding. These self-financing activities account for a large part of its total budget.

The University is the first in Italy and 11th in Europe for projects funded by the European Commission, which proves its ability to plan and attract funding.

The results obtained under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (2014-2020) are:

  • number of funded projects: 437*
  • success rate: 15.63%
  • income from the EU: € over 189 million

*Under the prestigious ERC Subprogramme, 34 Grants have been awarded as Host Institutions.

The results in terms of funded European projects can be seen on the page "European Projects".

Politecnico di Milano carries out research activities with several public and private bodies. The University has recently signed important partnerships with major national and international companies. The main public partners are: Ministries, Lombardy Regional Government, Municipality of Milan, Chamber of Commerce, CNR, ASI, Enea.

To view the position of Politecnico di Milano in international rankings, see the page "Politecnico di Milano figures".

Quality Assurance of Research and Third Mission