Covid-19 recovery money promises speedy payouts in Italy’s cumbersome public research funding system
Italians are accustomed to the fanfare of big announcements—often followed by little or no action. This is particularly true in the country’s volatile public research funding system. For this reason, many academics have chosen not to express too much enthusiasm for Italy’s Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza (PNRR), or National Recovery and Resilience Plan, despite the huge amount of money associated with it.
The plan, part of an EU effort to boost national economies after the coronavirus pandemic, will dish out a total of €191 billion to Italian businesses and institutions, of which around €31bn will go to research and innovation. Italy was quick to have its plans approved and received a first payout in early August.