The National Research Council (CNR) is a public organization; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country. CNR is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Ministry of Research that performs multidisciplinary activities.

CNR is currently pyramidally organized in 7 Departments and 109 Institutes, many of which, like ICB, are distributed in more than one location of the Italian territory.

CNR Departments are organizational units, structured by macro–areas of technological and scientific research, with the task of planning, coordinating and monitoring research activities in the affiliated institutes, by assuring them the necessary financial resources. Furthermore, each Department has its national and international relationships, dealing with its macro–area of interest. Each Department decides its own research strategies and programmes, also in cooperation with other Departments, and follows up their implementation through specific research projects. An Institute affiliated to one Department, performing research in interrelated scientific fields, can participate in other Departments’ projects.

The Department decides, together with its Institutes, single project’s scientific lines, identifying the research groups to be entrusted with the relevant research tasks, at the same time providing them with the necessary resources. Each group of researchers, in charge of carrying out a single scientific line, thus gives an important contribution to the achievement of the Project goals.

The 7 Departments are:

  • Earth System Sciences and Technologies for the Environment
  • Engineering, ICT and Technologies for Energy and Transport
  • Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
  • Chemical Sciences and Technology of Materials
  • Physical Sciences and Technologies of Matter
  • Agri-food and Biosciences
  • Biomedical Sciences