Specialization on frontier issues, multidisciplinary, high quality training and enhancement of research, an innovative and avant-garde context: these are the solid foundations on which the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna has established itself over the years as a research university, a dynamic reality ready to meet the challenges of the international context.
The scientific community of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna is made up of a team of over 400 teachers, researchers, research fellows, collaborators and doctoral students: a very young community, considering that over 50% is made up of fellows and doctoral students.
The main reasons why companies choose to collaborate with the School are three:
- the scientists of the Scuola are innovators by nature: at the Scuola going beyond the frontiers of knowledge is a customary activity;
- the Scuola has thirty years of experience in innovation management: from the very beginning, research and development are oriented towards the transferability of results into real-life activities;
- the School has strong policies and procedures to ensure confidentiality and protection of intellectual property.
The high number of research projects allows the School to self-fund its research activities without burdening government funding and to develop innovative business ideas and technologies. With an average of approximately 130,000 euros per faculty member, the School ranks among the top Italian universities in terms of its ability to attract external funding. Equally significant is the ability to attract funding from competitive calls with 70 Horizon 2020 projects, 17 of which are coordinated by the School as lead institution, in addition to numerous projects funded at European level.
The opportunities for collaboration with institutions and companies are numerous and differ in the areas of intervention, size and duration of the investment. The methods of implementation range from framework agreements at institutional level, to agreements related to specific areas of specialization for research orders, joint participation in competitive calls, creation of joint labs that provide both the sharing of research lines and the funding of PhD scholarships.
The collaborations on specific research topics are activated through the teachers and researchers of the School belonging to the following Institutes: Biorobotics, Dirpolis, Economics, Management, Life Sciences, TeCIP and Mechanical Intelligence.
Tax benefits for companies
Companies that finance research and development activities can access tax benefits such as IRPEF deductions, IRES deductions, simplified incorporation and management, etc.