The Department for the Economic Development and Cohesion (DPS) is part of the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE). It has been created with the institutional objective of putting in place, according to the Art. 119 of the Italian Constitution, all interventions aimed at the economic and social rebalancing and economic development of the underutilised areas of the country.
The mission of Digital Italy Agency (AgID) is to manage the implementation of the Italian Digital Agenda's objectives, in coherence with the EU Digital Agenda, and to contribute to the diffusion of new information and communication technologies, with the aim of fostering innovation and economic growth.
The MiBAC deals with the preservation, valorisation and utilisation of the cultural heritage as well as with the safeguard of the landscape in the more general context of fine arts. Since 2013 the Tourism portfolio has also been assigned to MiBAC.
The Ministry of Economic Development is responsible for a wide variety of policies, including economic development and cohesion, energy and mineral resources, telecommunications, internationalisation and business incentives.
The MIUR operates in the following areas: university education, programming the intervention on the university system; addressing and coordinating, supervising, financing and evaluating university activities as far as teaching and research are concerned. These actions concern public research agencies too. The ministry also coordinates the participation of national agents to international research programmes. It supports research activities of private firms, including through specific funds.
ANVUR evaluates processes, results and outputs of education and research activities (including technology transfer).
The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest scientific public organisation of Italy. It was founded on 18 November 1923 and in 1945 it was transformed into a public body.
The National University Council (CUN) is an elected body representing the Italian University System.
It serves as an independent source of advice and recommendations to the Ministry of Education, University and Research on matters considered relevant to the university system, such as national programs, policies and administrative practices affecting Higher Education, classification and definition of academic fields and disciplines for the purposes of recruitment, teaching and research, funding issues and approval of University teaching regulations.