Departments of Excellence

Due righe rosse in orizzontale con la scritta "Departments of excellence 2023-2027"

The Fund for University Departments of Excellence is a financing measure by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, established in the Budget Law for year 2017 (art. 1, § 314-338), to develop the best Departments of public universities, through excellence programs focused in the quality of research and in scientific, organizational and didactic planning.


Every five years, on the basis of the results obtained in the national Research Quality Assessment procedure (VQR),  the Ministry selects the best 350 university departments, which can participate in the competition for the Departments of Excellence funding.


Each of these selected departments, for a maximum of 15 Departments for each University, proposes a five-year development project with highly qualified scientific and educational objectives and a financial program to reach these goals. After the projects’ evaluation, 180 Italian Departments are granted the Excellence Fund for the next 5 years.


The financial program is divided into the following areas of intervention:

  • staff recruitment
  • staff reward
  • research infrastructures
  • highly qualified educational and scientific activities.
Session 2023-2027

On December 28th, 2022, ANVUR (the national Agency for the evaluation of research) published the list of winning Departments, and UniTo confirmed its position as one of the best universities in Italy.


Among the 180 Departments of Excellence admitted to funding, 8 Departments of Excellence of the University of Turin were awarded the fund for the five-year period 2023-2027, for a total amount of € 62,275,000.

Main steps in the allocation process
Session 2018-2022

Among the 180 Departments of Excellence admitted to funding at national level, 10 Departments of Excellence of the University of Turin were awarded the funding for the five-year period 2018-2022, for a total amount of € 81,575,410:



Also the DIST - Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning with the Politecnico of Turin was awarded (under the Politecnico’s management).