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.
To this end, the activities of the organization are divided into
macro areas of interdisciplinary scientific and technological
research, concerning several sectors: biotechnology, medicine,
materials, environment and land, information and communications,
advanced systems of production, judicial and socio-economic
sciences, classical studies and arts.
CNR is distributed all over Italy through a network of institutes
aiming at promoting a wide diffusion of its competences throughout
the national territory and at facilitating contacts and cooperation
with local firms and organizations.
From the financial point of view, the main resources come from the
State, but also from the market: even 30% of its balance sheet, an
extraordinary result, is the result of revenues coming from
external job orders for studies and activities of technical advice
as well as from agreements with firms, contracts with the European
Union and with the other international organizations.