The Initiative

The  INROAd  project is  a new pilot initiative of the University of Pavia aimed at increasing its attractivity in the international academic landscape and  at promoting excellent projects developed by reserchers, with particular focus on the ones presented to the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union.

INROAd stems from the project MEGAsTaR, an academic initiative funded in 2016 by the Cariplo Foundation and the Lombardy Region, having the principal objective of increasing the attraction of ERC Grant Holders and of excellent researchers with the potential to apply for an ERC grant to the University of Pavia.  Since the beginning of 2017 INROAd has actually widened the activities planned by MEGAsTaR to support and encourage the presentation of all types of Horizon 2020 projects.  In particular INROAd project  will last 3 years, until the end of Horizon 2020, and thus will run contemporarily to MEGAsTaR.


INROAd provides two actions:

  • Action 1 – Fostering ERC talents @UNIPV

This action, essentially inheredited by MEGAsTaR, has the objective of strengthening the projects of excellent researchers to increase their chances of success in future ERC calls. The implementation of this action will consist in offering personalized mentoring and coaching activities, supervised by the ERC Grant Holders of University of Pavia,  to selected excellent  researchers willing to submit their research  project to the next ERC calls .

  • Action 2 – Boosting Competitiveness of H2020 Coordinators

This action has the objective of supporting optimization activities of collaborative projects coordinated by researchers of University of Pavia, to increase their chance of success in future calls of Horizon 2020. This action will be entirely funded by University of Pavia.

Both actions will be implemented  by publishing periodic calls for proposals  open to researchers of any nationality and of all research domains.  Moreover, the University of Pavia will put in place a complex strategy aimed both at encouraging the presentation of excellent research projects and at increasing the attractivity of the institution in terms of cultural context, reception capabilities , offer of advanced services and innovative organizative approaches.

The implementation of INROAd  is responsibility of a permanent  committee , the Institutional Horizon 2020 Committee (IHC), that will have the mission of supervising all the planned activities. Given the complexity of the INROAd actions, IHC will be organized in Boards having different functions: the Executive Board, the Scientific Board, the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Board and the Management Board . An External Advisory Board has also been set up to guarantee the transparency and involvement of funding bodies and other entities that can provide precious feedback to pursue project activities.

In particular the Scientific Board is composed by the ERC Grant Holders of the University of Pavia. It will have the role of implementing  unique training and knowledge transfer activities  for researchers  selected by the INROAd calls, in order to strengthen their projects and crucially enhance their chance of winning ERC and Horizon 2020 calls.

Composition of the Institutional Horizon 2020 Committee

Chair: Prof. Roberto Bottinelli, Vice-Deputy for Research

Scientific Board: Prof. Dario Mantovani , Prof.ssa Silvia Giuliana Priori, Prof. Alessandro Reali, Prof. Alessandro Bacchetta, Prof.ssa Mariangela Bonizzoni, Prof. Matteo Alvaro, Prof. Giancarlo Sangalli, Prof.ssa Elisabetta Rocca, Prof. Mauro Freccero.

Executive Board: Prof.ssa Clelia Martignoni, Prof. Auricchio Ferdinando, Prof. Antonio Torroni, Prof. Amedeo Santosuosso, Prof. Ermanno Gherardi, Prof. Riccardo Bellazzi

Responsible Research and Innovation Board: Prof.ssa Enrica Chiappero, Prof. Marcello Imbriani, Prof. Stefano Govoni