The research policy of the University of Trento is based on few key principles.
The first is the recruitment of highly-qualified, proactive, enthusiastic, young researchers able to develop, also thanks to the support of the University, both fundamental and ground-braking research areas.
We then foster networking among researchers and external partners through dedicated staff and facilities supporting the organization of meetings, conferences and other hosting programs; the establishment and consolidation of research collaborations facilitates a continuous improvement in the participation in European and international funding programmes. 
Lastly, we pay great attention to the organizational structure for research support which is continuously redesigned in order to better help researchers during  the entire grant process, from project development and submission to grant management and reporting. 

As a result, UniTrento is the first among leading State universities in Italy for research quality (as stated by the National Agency for Research Evaluation, ANVUR report – Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca for the period 2011-2014); Trento is also listed in the 301-350 group of the the best world class universities according to the World University Ranking 2020 issued by the Times Higher Education magazine.

UniTrento research can be powerfully illustrated through the list of the research topics of our 31 ERC projects (15 under Horizon 2020 and 16 funded under FP7); the main goal of the ERC program is to encourage high quality research in Europe through a very selective and competitive evaluation based on the single criterion of scientific excellence. 

Horizon 2020

ERC Starting Grants

6 projects: 3 projects  in the Social Sciences and Humanities domain, 1 project in the Life Sciences domain and 2 projects in the Physical Sciences and Engineering domain

StrEnQTh - Strong Entanglement in Quantum many-body Theory (1.499.563 euro - 60 mesi) - a UniTrento dal 1/11/2019 (trasferito dalla Ruprecht-Karls Universitaet Heidelberg) 
Philipp Hans Juergen Hauke
Department of Physics
NOAM - Navigation of a mind-space. The spatial organization of declarative knowledge (1.498.644 euro - 60 mesi)
Roberto Bottini
CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences
VARIAMOLS - VAriable ResolutIon Algorithms for macroMOLecular Simulation (1.339.351 euro - 60 mesi)
Raffaello Potestio
Department of Physics
MetaPG - Culture-free strain-level population genomics to identify disappearing human-associated microbes in the westernized world (1.499.482 euro - 60 mesi)
Nicola Segata
Department CIBIO 
HOMing -The Home-Migration Nexus: Home as a Window on Migrant Belonging, Integration and Circulation  (1.499.678 euro - 60 mesi)
Paolo Boccagni
Department of Sociology and Social research
CRASK - Cortical Representation of Abstract Semantic Knowledge (1.472.502 euro - 60 mesi)
Scott Laurence Fairhall 
CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences

ERC Consolidator Grants

1 progetto nell'ambito delle Scienze della Vita

SPICE- Synthetic Lethal Phenotype Identification through Cancer Evolution Analysis (1.996.428 euro - 60 mesi)
Francesca Demichelis 
Department CIBIO 

ERC Advanced Grants

3 progetti: 1 progetto nell'ambito delle Scienze Fisiche e Ingegneria,  1 progetto nell'ambito delle Scienze della Vita e 1 progetto nell'ambito delle Scienze umanistiche e sociali

VACCIBIOME - Cancer Vaccines and Gut Microbiome: a rational approach to optimize cancer immunotherapy (2.450.000 euro - 60 mesi) 
Guido Grandi
Department CIBIO 
SPANUMBRA - Number-space associations in the brain (2.628.333 euro - 60 mesi) 
Giorgio Vallortigara
CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences
BACKUP -  Unveiling the relationship between brain connectivity and function by integrated photonics (2.499.825 euro - 60 mesi) 
Lorenzo Pavesi  
Department of Physics

ERC Proof of Concept Grants

5 progetti: 2 progetti nell'ambito delle Scienze fisiche e Ingegneria e 3 progetti nell'ambito delle Scienze della Vita

ALPI - ALl optical signal recovery by Photonic neural network Integrated in a transceiver module (150.000 euro - 18 mesi)
Lorenzo Pavesi 
Department of Physics
NeuroSoNew - Portable EEG-based screening of social predispositions in newborns (149.945 euro - 18 mesi)
Giorgio Vallortigara
CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences
MoVis - An innovative screening protocol device for early identification of neonates at high-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders (144.186 euro - 18 mesi)
Giorgio Vallortigara
CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences
OMVCRC - Engineered bacterial Outer Membrane Vesicles (OMVs) for colorectal cancer immunotherapy (93.750 euro - 18 mesi)
Guido Grandi
Department CIBIO 
SILKENE - Bionic silk with graphene or other nanomaterials spun by silkworms (149.944 euro - 18 mesi)
Nicola Pugno
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical engineering

FP7

ERC Starting Grants

8 projects: 2 in the Physical Sciences and Engineering domain and 6 in the Social Sciences and Humanities domain.

BIHSNAM - Bio-inspired Hierarchical Super Nanomaterials (810.996 euro - 60 months)
Nicola Pugno 
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical engineering
CoPeST - Construction of perceptual space-time (1.002.102 euro - 60 months)
David Paul Melcher
CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences
Win2Con - Brain-State Dependent Perception: Finding the Windows to Consciousness (963.101 euro - 60 months)
Nathan Weisz 
CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences
The grant was transferred to another host institution on 30/09/2015. 
COMPOSES - Compositional Operations in Semantic Space (1.117.636 euro - 60 months)
Marco Baroni 
CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences
STiMulUS - Space-Time Methods for Multi-Fluid Problems on Unstructured Meshes (918.000 euro - 60 months)
Michael Dumbser 
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical engineering
FAMINE - Families of Inequalities – Social and economic consequences of the changing work-family equilibria in European Societies (478.494 euro - 48 months)
Stefani Scherer 
Department of Sociology and Social research
NeuroInt - How the brain codes the past to predict the future (978.678 euro - 48 months)
Uri Hasson 
CIMEC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences
MADVIS - Mapping the Deprived Visual System: Cracking function for prediction (917.289 euro - 60 months)
Olivier Marie Claire Collignon 
CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences  (from 1/1/2016 the Host Institution is the Universite Catholique de Louvain)

ERC Consolidator Grants

1 project in the Social Sciences and Humanities domain

Transfer-Learning: Transfer Learning within and between brains  (1.999.998 euro – 60 months)
Giorgio Coricelli  
CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences

ERC Advanced Grants

5 projects: 1 in the Social Sciences and Humanities domain, 3 projects in the Physical Sciences and Engineering domain and 1 project in the Life Science domain

PREMESOR - Predisposed mechanisms for social orienting: A comparative neuro-cognitive approach (2.367.922 euro - 66 months)
Giorgio Vallortigara 
CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain sciences
INSTABILITIES - Instabilities and nonlocal multiscale modelling of materials (2.379.359 euro - 60 months)
Davide Bigoni 
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical engineering
QGBE - Quantum Gases Beyond Equilibrium (1.638.560 euro - 60 months)
Sandro Stringari  
Department of Physics
Lucretius - Foundations for Software Evolution (2.462.095  euro - 60 months)
IIoannis Mylopoulos 
Department of Information engineering and Computer science
OMVac - Outer Membrane Vesicles (OMVs) from "Vaccinobacter": a Synthetic Biology approach for effective vaccines against infectious diseases and cancer (2.201.828 euro – 60 mesi)
Guido Grandi 
CIBIO - Centre for Integrative Biology

ERC Proof of Concept

2 projects in the Physical Sciences and Engineering domain

REPLICA2 - Large-area replication of biological anti-adhesive nanosurfaces (147.000 euro – 12 months)
Nicola Pugno 
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical engineering
KNOTOUGH - Super-tough knotted fibers (149.490 euro – 12 months)
Nicola Pugno 
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical engineering