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 subject to the control of the Court of Auditors, in accordance with Law 59/258 (Article 12).
IIT aims 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.
IIT's total staff is comprised of 1470 people. The scientific field is represented by approximately 85% of staff. Approximately 45% of researchers come from abroad: of these, 29% consist of foreigners from more than 50 countries and 16% of Italians who have returned from abroad. Today, the scientific staff consists of approximately 60 principal investigators, 140 staff researchers and technologists, 500 post docs, 400 PhD students and recipients of scholarships and 160 technicians. More than 300 positions created thanks to external funding. Average age of 34 years. 41% women / 59% men (data as of 31/12/2015).
In 2015, State financing received through the Ministry of Economy and Finance amounted to approximately EUR 96 million (total gross financing totals EUR 98 million, from which EUR 2 million are subtracted for spending review activities), of which 85% was allocated to scientific and technological activities. External resources directly acquired by the Foundation in 2015 amounted to approximately EUR 25 million (EUR 130 million from 2006 to 2015), of which EUR 19 million were obtained as of 31/12/2015 as financial contributions and EUR 6 million as joint lab agreements and in-kind contributions (data as of 31/12/2015).
To date (as of June 2016), IIT’s production includes 6990 publications, over 130 European projects and 11 ERC (European Research Council) projects, more than 350 active patent applications, 14 established start-ups and as many currently being launched. Since 2009, the Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened with the creation of eleven IIT research centres in Italy (in Turin, two in Milan, Trento, Rome, two in Pisa, Naples, Lecce, Ferrara) and two outstations located abroad (MIT and Harvard in the US) which, together with the Central Laboratory in Genoa, develop the research programmes defined in the 2015-2017 scientific plan.