National Research Council (CNR)

Founding year

1923 Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Council), 2009 Commissione per l’Etica della Ricerca e la Bioetica (CNR Research Ethics and Bioethics Comiittee)


The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities. Cnr’s mission is to perform research in its own Institutes, to promote innovation and competitiveness of the national industrial system, to promote the internationalization of the national research system, to provide technologies and solutions to emerging public and private needs, to advice Government and other public bodies, and to contribute to the qualification of human resources. More than 8.000 employees, of whom more than half are researchers and technologists, 4.000 young researchers engaged in postgraduate studies and research training at Cnr and a large number of research associates: researchers, from Universities or private firms, take part in Cnr’s research activities, spread all over Italy in more than 400 sites.


The CNR Research Ethics and Bioethics Committee is an independent body with a role of consultancy in matters of research ethics, bioethics and biolaw, which includes ethical, deontological and juridical issues related to Research Integrity, as described in scientific literature and in the main International Conventions and Charts, as well as in the CNR “Guidelines on Research Integrity” approved by the plenary session of June 10, 2015. The Committee was the first established in Italy and still it is one of the very few on this subject.


Chairperson: Prof. Massimo Inguscio (President of the CNR)

Coordinator: Dr. Cinzia Caporale (CNR Institute for Biomedical Technologies, Head of the Rome Section)

ENRIO member since



Legally based, not part of ministry

Main Tasks

The main institutional tasks of the CNR Research Ethics and Bioethics Committee are:

  1. evaluate, upon request by scientists, the ethical profiles of CNR research projects, release Ethical Clearance opinions and guarantee through the Coordinator and the Technical and Scientific Secretariat, the ethical monitoring and supervision of research projects;
  2. elaborate guidelines and codes of conduct on the ethical implications in scientific and disciplinary sectors of strategic relevance for the CNR;
  3. propose to the President of the CNR evaluation criteria, methods, procedures and directives for the analysis and management of ethical issues emerging from scientific and technological research activities carried out in the CNR, as well as in the Research Integrity domain;
  4. carry out activity of Research Misconduct prevention and provide ethical consultancy for the President in the management of alleged cases of Research Misconduct, concerning projects and experimentations involving CNR personnel and/or CNR research funds;
  5. elaborate dissemination products and outreach services on Research Integrity issues and carry out training courses on the subject;
  6. represent CNR on the subject at a national and international level.


Dr. Cinzia Caporale


Commissione per l’Etica della Ricerca e la Bioetica del CNR
Via dei Taurini, 19
00185 Rome - Italy

+39 06 4993 2999/7900