Determined to promote meritocracy and quality, Italy's minister of Education, University and Research, Letizia Moratti, has launched an evaluation plan to scrutinize the country's entire research system.
Twenty committees and a network of about 30,000 experts are going to evaluate the Italian research production in an attempt to regulate the way funding is distributed.
“Indiscriminate financing will be a thing of the past. Funds will be given to those who deserve them, on the basis of an in-depth evaluation,” Franco Cuccurullo, president of the Committee for the Evaluation of Research (CIVR), told
Created in 1999, CIVR is made up of seven experts appointed by the government on a 4-year basis. The committee already evaluates work from ministry-run research centers such as the National Research Center and the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment. From now on, it will organize the evaluation process for...