About us

About us

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a Foundation governed by Articles 14 et seq of the Italian Civil Code, established by Legislative Decree 269/03, converted by Law no. 326/2003 (Article 4 of the Statute), and financed by the State to conduct scientific research in the public interest, for the purpose of technological development.   

IIT is under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Education, University and Research and is overseen by Corte dei Conti (national auditing body), in accordance with Law 259/58 ("Partecipazione della Corte dei conti al controllo sulla gestione finanziaria degli enti a cui lo Stato contribuisce in via ordinaria" - Art. 12).

Our aim, as stated in the Foundation Statute, is to promote excellence in basic and applied research and to promote the development of the national economy.

The construction of IIT’s laboratories began in 2006 and ended in 2009.


Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

IIT activity is focused on cutting-edge science, efficiency and transparency. We collect our key numbers 4 times a year and publish them on a presentation named Facts and Figures. The most updated version is always available below.

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Gender Equality Plan

The Gender Equality Plan sets out IIT’s goals for promoting equality between people of different genders, and details the measures that IIT will take in the coming years to achieve these goals. It aims to foster a coordinated and focused approach to promoting gender equality and to support the sharing and adoption of best practices within IIT.

GEP webpage link


Principal Investigators description

Principal investigators and facility coordinators

Principal investigators (PIs) and facility coordinators are senior scientific staff at the head of a research line or a facility. They are responsible for the implementation of the scientific program, for their part of the budget and coordinates their staff.

Today, IIT has almost 80 PIs and 8 facility coordinators.

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Governance Abstract


The establishment of IIT as a Foundation governed by the Italian Civil Code is ascribable to a consolidated legislative orientation: conferring parties operating different legal configurations in the public realm, regardless of the general interest purpose being pursued. Thus, in the case of IIT’s governance model, an institutional framework is in place, largely anchored on private law provisions, governing the current use of funds deriving from the public finance system

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Transparency Abstract


IIT is committed to being as transparent as possible about its activities and learning from its mistakes. This page gathers relevant information related to transparency.

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