Scientific research is one of the essential functions of our University as well as the basis of teaching itself. It is the engine of critical knowledge, creativity, innovation, competitiveness, and quality of education.
Besides governmental funding, our University finances its own research by external fund raising, boosting the participation in national and international projects of its researchers, supported by the internal Research Service; in the 2007-2013 period, about 60 research projects were funded to UniFe, for an overall EU contribution of over 11 million Euro. Researchers may rely upon university libraries, museums, and other important facilities, such as the Scientific and Technological Center, which combines and rationalizes teaching and research in Engineering, Physics, ICT, Geology; and IUSS Ferrara 1391, which combines PhD schools, advanced study courses and routes of excellence. In all recent Italian public rankings UniFe is always among the first 10 Italian Universities.