CNIT (www.cnit.it) is a non-profit consortium, bringing together 37 public Italian universities to perform research in the field of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT). CNIT operates 43 Research Units, one for each member university plus six other units belonging to institutes of the National Research Council (CNR, the largest public research institution in Italy) that reached a cooperation agreement with CNIT. CNIT also operates four national laboratories: Photonic Networks & Technologies, Radar & Surveillance Systems; Multimedia Communications; Sustainable and Secure Internet Technologies and Infrastructures.

More than 1,300 researchers, belonging to the Member universities, collaborate within CNIT, together with more than 100 CNIT own employees. The innovation and technology transfer of research results towards end users and industry is a primary mission for CNIT. It also promotes the collaboration between member universities and other educational institutes as well as technical and scientific collaborations with national and international research institutes and industries.

In the recent past CNIT participated in hundreds of research projects, including European Research Council (ERC) grants and Italian nation-wide initiatives, and coordinated several European funded projects. In the first four years of the European Horizon 2020 program, about 30 projects were awarded to CNIT.