Research coordination and support service

Director: Dr. Luisa Minghetti
phone: (+39) 06 4990 6840

Service activities

The Research coordination and support service (CoRi) works to promote and promote research communities and international collaborations, to develop health-related research strategies in a coordinated way and to increase the quality of research.

Our activities follow three main lines:

Building national and international research networks and infrastructures
Research infrastructures (RI) are European research consortia that provide "networks" of expertise and "networks" of services aimed at all fields of scientific research and innovation of pan-European interest. The Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) on behalf of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of University and Research, coordinates the Italian participation in the European legal consortia (ERIC) of RI in the biomedical field through government representatives on the European boards, the coordinators of the national infrastructure nodes (BBMRI *) and the technical / scientific secretariats.
With the implementation of the law 18 August 2015, n. 134, containing "Provisions on the diagnosis, treatment and qualification of people with autism spectrum disorders and assistance to families", the National Autism Observatory was set up which promotes interventions aimed at guaranteeing health protection and improving conditions of life and inclusion in the social life of people with autism spectrum disorders.
* National coordinator of the University of Milan Bicocca.

Support for researchers
The Service aims to enhance biomedical and health research through methodological interventions, training and research monitoring, and to protect research products through institutional repositories.

Participate and coordinate European actions
In order to strengthen ISS relations and synergy with EU policies and programming and to promote the internationalization of research, CoRI collaborates with the ISS representative office in Brussels and with the Directorate General of research and innovation of the Ministry of Health. In this regard, the Ministry of Health and our Service coordinate and manage the European TRANSCAN-2 program.
The Service is also involved in strategic projects of national and international interest such as: PERMIT (PERsonalized MedicIne Trials), EOSC-Life (Providing an open collaborative space for digital biology in Europe), CRIGH (The Clinical Research Initiative for Global Health), EATRIS -PLUS and ADVANCE-Next Generation of Healthcare Scientists.


Organization of the service

The Service is organized in a technical-administrative secretariat (tel (+39) 06 4990 6841; e-mail: and in areas of activity:

European research infrastructures and national nodes
The coordination of the national nodes of the two European research infrastructures EATRIS and ECRIN is managed within our Service, as well as the national technical-scientific secretariat of the European infrastructure BBMRI.

BBMRI (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure)
BBMRI is the infrastructure dedicated to research biobanks. ISS guarantees the participation of the Italian infrastructure node (, link to the Italian website) in the European consortium (BBMRI-ERIC) and is committed to supporting the activities of research biobanks by promoting their initiatives.
The infrastructure brings together all the major players in the biobanking sector - researchers, research biobanks, biological resource centers, industry and patients - to enhance and encourage the use of biological samples for biomedical research. It provides users with technical-scientific tools in supporting biobanking activities, such as services for samples and data management, support for ethical, legal and social issues, and IT tools for the management and sharing of data related to biobanking.

EATRIS (European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine)
EATRIS connects public and private scientific institutions with the aim of providing efficient and integrated services and tools to stakeholders involved in the development of drugs, vaccines or biomarkers, providing rapid and personalized access to cutting-edge technologies in translational research.

ECRIN (European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network)
ECRIN is a public non-profit organization whose main objective is to support and facilitate the conduct of multinational clinical trials, providing researchers belonging to affiliated countries, members and observers, a variety of useful services for the clinic research.

National autism observatory (OssNA)
The institutional and research activities of OssNA include:

  • development of guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in all ages of life
  • monitoring the implementation of guidelines for the promotion and improvement of the quality and appropriateness of care interventions in autism spectrum disorders
  • implementation of a network of territorial services (neonatology, family paediatrics, nursery schools / kindergartens, child neuropsychiatry, psychiatry) aimed at anticipating the diagnosis and intervention of neurodevelopment disorders and the global management of people in the spectrum autistic and with other mental disorders
  • implementation of a network of territorial services (neonatology, family paediatrics, nursery schools / kindergartens, infant neuropsychiatry, psychiatry) aimed at promoting neurodevelopment in the general population and at the diagnosis, intervention and global care of people in the autistic spectrum and their families
  • training initiatives for the medical, educational and social network on autism spectrum disorders
  • promoting the well-being and social inclusion of people with mental disorders through the health budget
  • development and coordination of national and international scientific networks in the field of neurodevelopment disorders in all ages of life (link to the Italian website)

Support for researchers

The service supports researchers' activities through:

  • research epidemiology studies and residential research methodology courses that investigate critical aspects concerning the direction and governance of healthcare research
  • the management of research products such as data, publications and patents in the ISS institutional repository in collaboration with other internal structures
  • the annual update of the data on the research workflow of the Ministry of Health (


Participate and coordinate European actions

ISS Brussels Liaison Office
The Service works directly with the ISS Representative Office (Liaison Office) at the European Institutions in Brussels, which has as its primary objective to strengthen the presence of the Institute at the European and international level, in line with the internationalization strategy present in the guidelines of the organization.

Ministry of Health, DGRI
The CoRi Service, through the collaboration with the General Directorate for Research and Innovation in Healthcare (DGRI), contributes to supporting the Italian biomedical research carried out by the National Health Service (SSN) in the context of European Research through:

  • activities supporting the participation and representation of Italy and the biomedical research structures of the NHS, at Community level, in the field of biomedical research according to strategic guidelines established by the Minister
  • planning of ISS participation in ERA-Net calls and Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs)

Coordination of European programs
The Ministry of Health and ISS (CoRi) coordinate and manage the European project ERA-NET: TRANSCAN-2 (2015-2020), funded under H2020 and whose purpose is to align national and regional programs at European level of translational cancer research (