The programs may be defined by three activity threads
The scientific plan consists of 11 scientific programs of three types:
Technology oriented programs, primarily aimed at developing high tech research in collaboration with external entities and industries: Portable Energy, Robotic Rehabilitation, Graphene.
Core programs, dedicated to the basic research activities traditionally developed by IIT: Brain Science, Robotics, New materials, materials Chemistry
Cross Disciplinary Programs, primarily devoted to high risk-high return research both fundamental or applied: Interaction, Health Technologies, Nano-Bio Photonics, Computation
Each program is developed by a number of PI and their teams. PI and teams, distributed in 11 IIT centers in Italy and two IIT outstations in US, may contribute to one or more Programs, according to a Research Matrix of the Institute.
Today, approximately 60 independent Principal Investigators at IIT develop the 11 programs in a fully cross-disciplinary research environment. Scientists with 21 different profiles (spanning from medicine to engineering) collaborate to the execution of the strategic plan.