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Promoting the participation in research, cooperation and training programmes for all disciplines. The services available cover the entire project lifecycle: from the identification of the most suitable types of funding, through support in the presentation of the proposal, to assistance in the management and reporting of the funded project.

Main Activities and Services

Funding Opportunities

The European and International Research Unit is in charge of promoting available funding opportunities among UNIFI’s researchers and lecturers through a series of targeted internal dissemination and communication tools. As of today, the following services are made available: 

  • the bandi e scadenze webpage, which contains an up-to-date calendar about the available open calls; 
  • the UNIFI Comunica newsletter
  • the institutional infographics, a brief summary of each open call is sent to the Directors of the Departments and forwarded to all the Departments' scientific personnel; 
  • the Targeted Information service, with special and tailor-made infographics sent to those researchers who registered to the service. It is possible to register for the Targeted Information Service through a dedicated section of Unifi’s Research registry, where users can detail their areas of interest, with keywords and multi-level macro-sectors. The Unit, based on open calls, will match researchers' interests with the available opportunities and subscribers will receive personalized alerts via email.

Previews of upcoming calls, dissemination of public consultations and programmatic documents useful for proposal planning are also shared with the Target Information Service subscribers, thanks to the continuous cooperation of the Unit with Tuscan Organization of Universities and Research for Europe (TOUR4EU) and Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE).


The staff is available to provide support in the preparation of the project proposal. This support consists in the complete and in-depth study of the call (eligibility conditions, participation procedures, funding terms), in verifying the consistency between the project idea and the objectives of the call the support for the creation of the international consortium (in coordinated projects), support in the preparation of the project budget; assistance in the drafting of the project management section (in coordinated projects); full support in the proposal submission phase, including the entry of administrative and financial data into the IT applications required by the funding programme.

In the case of coordinated projects, the Office staff is also active in managing communication with partners for the collection of data useful for filling in the participation form.

Project management

The European and International Research Unit is responsible for managing relations with the funding body and any project partners, in compliance with the deadlines and all requirements provided by the concerned programme. The service also provides for the monitoring of expenses on financed projects and specific consultancy for an optimal use of financial resources, as well as the resolution of legal and organizational issues related to project implementation (consortium agreement, third-party management, intellectual property rights) in collaboration with the General and Legal Affairs Area, with the other departments of the Research and Technology Transfer Area (CsaVRI) and with the University Library System.

Expense reporting

The Unit manages the administrative and financial reporting of projects financed under direct and indirect funds of the European Union and it supports its Departments in the management of international funds. It is also in charge of collecting all supporting documents for financial (interim and final) reports and of their preparation, as well as of the assistance during audit activities by the project appointed auditor or funding agency.


  • European and international funds, our services (pdf)
  • The University of Florence and the ERC Programme (pdf)
  • The University of Florence within the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions - A guide to submit an Individual fellowship (pdf)
  • The University of Florence and the LIFE Programme (pdf)
  • The University of Florence and the European Joint Funding Opportunities (pdf)
  • The University of Florence and the Structural Funds (pdf)  
  • The University of Florence and the European Partnerships (pdf)

Info and Contacts

UP Ricerca europea e internazionale

Plesso didattico Morgagni, III piano
viale Morgagni, 40/44 - 50134 Firenze
Telefono 055 275 / 1928 / 1917
Email ricercaue(AT)

Unifi Task Force European Research Council (ERC) (Italian website)


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