Departments of Excellence

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

The MUR University Departments of Excellence Fund was first established in the 2017 Budget Law (Article 1, paragraphs 314 - 338 of Law No. 232 dated 11 December 2016) to incentivise public university departments in their activities regarding excellence in research quality and scientific, organisational and course planning and design.


Three hundred and fifty university departments are declared eligible to compete in the MUR Call for Departments of Excellence every five years. Their eligibility is based on their results in the national research quality assessment procedure (VQR) and summarised in the standardised departmental performance indicator (ISPD).


Up to 15 departments per university can submit a five-year development project where they define their high quality scientific or scientific and course design objectives.

The relevant funded programmes are divided into the following areas:

  • staff recruitment
  • rewarding staff
  • research infrastructure
  • highly quality course design and scientific activities.
2023-2027 Programme

UniTo was confirmed one of the best universities in Italy when ANVUR published its list of winning Departments on 28 December 2022.


Eight University of Turin Departments of Excellence out of 180 Departments of Excellence eligible for funding at national level were awarded funding for the five-year period 2023-2027 for a total amount of €62,275,000.

Main steps in the allocation process
  • 14th February 2022: Minister of University and Research decree was published, appointing the Commission for assessing departmental development projects (2023-2027)
  • 13th May 2022: Ranking was published naming 350 Departments of Excellence admitted to the selection process based on ANVUR defined ISPD (Standardised Departmental Performance Indicator) and VQR 2015-2019. UniTo is present with 15 out of 27 Departments
  • 5th October 2022: Submission of project proposals to funded programmes
  • 28th December 2022: ANVUR published the ranking of the 180 Departments awarded funding for the five-year period 2023-2027
2018-2022 Programme

Out of 180 Departments of Excellence admitted to funding at national level, ten University of Turin Departments of Excellence were awarded funding for the five-year period 2018-2022, including the Inter-University Department of Science, Planning and Territorial Policy with the Polytechnic of Turin.


They were selected thanks to projects established based on a special MUR defined procedure (MUR Note 8414/2017) and are subject to an annual monitoring procedure.