The Ca’ Foscari Research Hub for Global Challenges (IGC) is a transdisciplinary centre where thematic groups develop advanced research to face current and future global challenges. The centre supports through six Research Institutes the design of innovative and collaborative research projects for international funding application and related initiatives that promote the cross-fertilization among researchers from different backgrounds. 

The IGC has been established in May 2020 following the successful experience of the Research Hub for Global Challenges initiative, which since 2015 has been bringing together transversal research groups and a number of international research partner and networking opportunities. IGC thus consolidates and pushes forward this experience with a unitary scientific coordination and management of collaborative and individual research projects, funded by internal resources and by European or international fundings.

Cross-fertilization and synergies are the strategic keys to global challenges

Issues affecting humans and nature are long-term complex targets that cannot be dealt with single solutions melted together. A wider innovative approach is to be pursued on both competency and organizational levels.

Ca’ Foscari University further promotes its scientific excellence giving its researchers the opportunity to virtually join the IGC and gather in one - or more - Research Institute, where they will contribute with their own expertise and know-how, working together beyond their restricted areas of interest to solve large-scale challenging issues and to nurture their research approach.

IGC and its Research Institutes will boost research ideas and project proposals to regional, national, European, and international competitive calls. IGC acts as key ‘entry points’ for the external partners and stakeholders and will strengthen networking with other research institutions, enterprises, institutional partners, governing authorities, and funding bodies.

Joining a Research Institute will help to get more research funds

Nowadays, being awarded European research funds is getting harder than ever. The European Research and Innovation Programme, as well as other international funding programmes, is not organized into classical distinct research topics. It overtly focuses on global challenges to be untangled adopting a highly innovative and transdisciplinary approach.

Having an original or a creative idea is not enough. Strengthening collaboration with extraordinary colleagues, establishing  international connections, and having the support of dedicated project advisors are some of the key factors to a competitive - and hopefully successful! - proposal application that the IGC provides to its members.