The Foundation

The FAIRFuture Artificial Intelligence Research Foundation is a non-profit foundation whose main purpose is to implement the interventions financed under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), and any subsequent funding, in the artificial intelligence field.

FAIR is an extended partnership based on the Hub & Spoke model: the Foundation is the hub, the implementing body and contact point of the Partnership (thematic area 1 – Artificial Intelligence: Foundational Aspects, foreseen by the MUR Call no. 341 of 15/03/2022), and carries out its activity in collaboration with the Spokes, that are the entities involved in the implementation of the research program.

The FAIR extended partnership includes 4 national research institutions (CNR, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, INFN, e IIT), 14 Universities (Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Sapienza, Scuola Normale Superiore, SISSA, Università Bocconi, Università Campus Biomedico di Roma, Università di Bologna, Università di Pisa, Università di Trento, Università di Bari, Università della Calabria, Università di Catania, Università di Napoli “Federico II”) and 7 companies (Bracco, Deloitte,, Intesa Sanpaolo, Leonardo, Lutech, STMicroelectronics ).

FAIR intends to contribute significantly to the objectives set forth in the Italian Strategic Programme on Artificial Intelligence:

  • Advance frontier research in AI
  • Reduce Artificial Intelligence research fragmentation, foster critical mass and inclusion
  • Create human-centered, robust, trustworthy and sustainable AI
  • Foster AI-based innovation and development of AI technology
  • Create, retain and attract AI talent in Italy
  • Ensuring the long-term sustainability of the FAIR Hub

Following the Italian National Strategy in Artificial Intelligence, the FAIR project combines an inclusive and interdisciplinary approach with the valorization of the excellence widespread in the Italian scientific community in Artificial Intelligence.


Governance and organization

Board of directors:

  • Giuseppe De Pietro (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), President
  • Carlo Sansone (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II), Vice President
  • Rita Cucchiara (Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia)
  • Daniele Nardi (Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l’Informatica)
  • Fabio Tedoldi (Bracco)

Technical-Scientific Committee:

  • Marco Conti (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) – President
  • Dino Pedreschi (Università di Pisa) – Spoke 1 Coordinator
  • Paolo Traverso (Fondazione Bruno Kessler) – Spoke 2 Coordinator
  • Sergio Di Martino (Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”) – Spoke 3 Coordinator
  • Nicola Gatti (Politecnico di Milano) – Spoke 4 Coordinator
  • Luca Iocchi (La Sapienza Università di Roma) – Spoke 5 Coordinator
  • Donato Malerba (Università di Bari) – Spoke 6 Coordinator
  • Barbara Caputo (Politecnico di Torino) – Spoke 7 Coordinator
  • Michela Milano (Università di Bologna) – Spoke 8 Coordinator
  • Francesco Scarcello (Università della Calabria) – Spoke 9 Coordinator
  • Massimiliano Pontil (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia) – Spoke 10 Coordinator
  • Tommaso Boccali (Istituto Nazionale Di Fisica Nucleare) – Public Founder
  • Fosca Giannotti (Scuola Normale Superiore) – Public Founder
  • Alessandro Nicolosi (Leonardo Spa) – Private Founder
  • Paolo Soda (Campus Bio-Medico di Roma) – Private Founder
  • Concetto Spampinato (Università di Catania) – Public Founder

Program Manager

Marta Rapallini

Marta Rapallini is FAIR – Future Artificial Intelligence Research Program Manager.

Architect, PhD in History of Science and Building Construction Techniques, Technology Manager of the National Research Council. She has been a professor and researcher in the field of masonry mechanics, in particular masonry dome structures In recent years she has held executive positions in the planning, coordination and management of activities and projects involving Higher education, Right to university study, Research, European Research Infrastructures, at the Ministry of University and Research, at the Tuscany Region, at the National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research and at the National Research Council.

Statute and Articles of Association