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.
In 2015 the European Commission granted the Politecnico di Milano the HR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH recognition.
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.