Knowledge transfer is the third mission of the University, next to Research and Higher Education.
In recent years the University of Florence has developed a number of tools to promote research-based innovation in order to strengthen the relationship between the university's own research facilities and external bodies.
The Vice-president for Technological Transfer and External Relations is in charge of implementing the University's policies and agenda, together with dedicated committees. The areas of interventions are threefold:
The initiatives are coordinated on the University side by CSAVRI (Centro di Servizi di Ateneo per la Valorizzazione della Ricerca e la gestione dell'Incubatore universitario), the service centre dedicated to the promotion of research and management of the University Incubator.