Research Project


This Research Project was born in the academic year 2021-2022, when a reflection process regarding the research began, thanks to the suggestion made by Pope Francis' Apostolic Constitution Veritatis gaudium.

The document revealed the fact that:

In this effort, the worldwide network of ecclesiastical universities and faculties is called to offer the decisive contribution of leaven, salt and light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the living Tradition of the Church, which is ever open to new situations and ideas. (Veritatis Gaudium; 3, c).

The occasion of the upcoming 40th Anniversary of the University in the Rector's Council presents us with the opportunity of fulfilling the Pope's wish.

With the aim of involving everyone in the process, the project has started from listening to the professors, who were invited to provide their suggestions on desirable research themes and methods, within a general framework.

The overall aim is to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary, international research, in partnership with other pontifical, Catholic and lay universities, focused on themes of evangelizing value impact.

Creating Network

Hence, were created focus groups composed by professors from different fields, in order to promote and encourage dialogue between the Faculties. This promoted the creation of an environment in which professors had the opportunity to interact, exchange ideas and conceive strategic research topics for the future of the University. Through these multidisciplinary exchanges, the focus groups also contributed to the creation of new partnerships. A final document was drawn up, including all the different contributions and  priorities highlighted by the professors.

In the 2022 - 2023 academic year, the first Call for projects was held. As a result, 13 projects were presented which are involving 38 institutions from 17 different countries, for a total of 60 professors from our University and 49 from other academic institutions. Thus, the following 3 research groups were chosen by the Scientific Committee (made up of internal and external professors at the University):

The second Call for Projects started in September 2023 and submissions were accepted until February 2024. In present takes place the evaluations for the selection of new research projects.

The call, offers teachers the opportunity to go beyond the boundaries of their own faculties, encouraging dialogue and cooperation between the different academic disciplines.



Between May, 20th and 23rd 2024, the research group Footprints. Young people: Expectations, Ideals, Beliefs took part at a Congress organized by the European Academy of Religion at Palermo.

The group was there in order to present the first results of the survey on youth, religion and values that was done in November 2023.

From the team were presents: prof. rev. José María Díaz Dorronsoro, prof. Gema Bellido (both of them from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross), Charo Sádaba (University of Navarra, Spain) and Karen Sanders (St Mary's University, UK). 

A raíz de la segunda Call for projects lanzada en septiembre de 2023 y concluida el 31 de enero de 2024, para recopilar propuestas de investigación relacionadas con el desarrollo académico de la Universidad, se han seleccionado 4 nuevos Proyectos.

En total, se recibieron 14 propuestas que involucraron a 53 profesores de la Santa Croce y a un número significativo de investigadores de otras Universidades. Las propuestas fueron evaluadas por un comité científico. Los 10 proyectos que no fueron seleccionados se podrán desarrollar dentro del ámbito de investigación de sus respectivas Facultades o en los Centros de Investigación ya activos.

Los 4 proyectos seleccionados recibirán financiamiento para cubrir tanto los gastos de gestión administrativa y comunicación, como los relacionados con publicaciones, congresos, reuniones de expertos, participación en conferencias y viajes al extranjero.

Following the second Call for Projects launched in September 2023 and concluded on January 31, 2024, to gather research proposals related to the academic development of the University, 4 new projects have been selected.

A total of 14 proposals were submitted, involving 53 professors from Santa Croce and a significant number of researchers from other universities. The proposals were evaluated by a scientific committee. The 10 projects that were not selected can be developed within the research framework of their respective faculties or within already active Research Centers.

The 4 selected projects will receive funding to cover administrative and communication expenses, as well as those related to publications, congresses, expert meetings, conference participation, and travel abroad.

A seguito della seconda Call for projects lanciata nel mese di settembre 2023 e conclusa il 31 gennaio 2024, per raccogliere proposte di ricerca legate allo sviluppo accademico dell’Università, sono stati selezionati 4 nuovi Progetti.

In totale sono pervenute 14 proposte che coinvolgono 53 professori della Santa Croce e un numero significativo di ricercatori di altre Università. Le proposte sono state valutate da un comitato scientifico. I 10 progetti che non sono stati selezionati si potranno sviluppare nell’ambito della ricerca delle rispettive Facoltà o all’interno dei Centri di Ricerca già attivi. 

4 progetti selezionati riceveranno un finanziamento per coprire sia le spese di gestione amministrativa e di comunicazione, e quelle relative a pubblicazioni, congressi, expert meeting, partecipazioni a convegni e viaggi all’estero.



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