The University of Genoa has a strong participation both in EC Framework Programmes (over 100 projects in FP5, 92 projects in FP6 and over 40 projects currently running in FP7) and in other important European and international research and cooperation programmes (153 projects for the period 2000-2009 – European Structural Funds, Life Programme, Bilateral Scientific Cooperation, etc.).
UNIGE has a synergic collaboration with the “Italian Institute of Technology – IIT” whose aim is to promote excellence in research in Italy by attracting to Genova the brightest researchers in a variety of scientific disciplines. Discoveries, inventions, advances achieved by research activities are successfully commercialized.
In January 1999, many teachers and researchers of the Faculty of Architecture decided to activate the Department of Science for Architecture (DSA) focusing on the research of existing architecture and processes of compositional design-build, at different scales.
The research activities of the Department concentrate on the scientific and analytical knowledge (from mathematics disciplines to the analysis of materials and structures, to the technologies for the study of the city built, from the architectural relief to the restoration) and critical-historical (from the 'stories', to the 'Archaeology aesthetics’) until the Industrial Design (product, communication and yacht design).