The Italian Node is organized as a Joint Research Unit (JRU), coordinated by the National Research Council (CNR), and currently includes 12 partners, among which several Universities and High Performance Computing (HPC) providers.

Bioinformatics background

Italy has a strong bioinformatics research tradition, that over the years has produced several widely used bioinformatics tools and databases, that can be considered to be at the state of the art in their respective application domains. Italian bioinformaticians have led and been involved in several genome projects, for example the grape, apple and peach genome. Today also “research” projects like the ongoing Epigenomics and InterOmics National Flagship Projects have a strong bioinformatics component, which other than research also includes advanced bioinformatics training programs. The JRU already comprises what can be considered to be the leading Italian groups in bioinformatics, but has an open structure with robust review and evaluation procedures to allow and assess applications of additional participants interested to join the Node in the future.

Service partners

In order to provide support and adequate computational resources for the development and implementation of bioinformatics tools, the Italian Node has four HPC partners among its members. Their contribution, both in terms of infrastructures and experience in managing high performance computing services in various scientific fields (e.g. particle physics) will provide great benefits to all the efforts of the ELIXIR Node.


Our main ambition is to stimulate and assist the development, rationalization and integration of bioinformatics research in Italy, and to transfer the benefits of all these activities to our European partners and in particular to other ELIXIR Nodes, towards the achievement of a pan-european bioinformatics infrastructure able to cope with the present and future challenges posed by life sciences. 

JRU members

  • National Research Council
  • University of Bari
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Florence
  • University of Milano
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
  • University of Padova
  • University of Parma
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • University of Salerno
  • University of Rome "Tor Vergata”
  • University della Tuscia
  • Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia (CRS4)
  • Consortium GARR
  • Consorzio Interuniversitario per il Calcolo Automatico (CINECA)
  • Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)
  • Fondazione "E. Mach" di S. Michele all'Adige