Dulbecco Telethon Institute (DTI)

Investing in the careers of young Italian researchers

The Fondazione Telethon careers programme was instituted with the support of the Nobel laureate, Renato Dulbecco.


  • The institute was founded in 1999, also with the support of the Nobel laureate, Renato Dulbecco, after whom the institute was named.
  • The institute now boasts the work of 13 researchers directing projects and 34 study grant researchers active in 5 Italian cities (Milan, Padua, Trento, Naples and Palermo).
  • Over the last tax year, the foundation invested about 2.5 million euros in the Istituto Telethon Dulbecco.
  • Up to the present, the institute has recruited 40 researchers directing projects, in all, and has employed nearly 400 people (recent university graduates, graduate students and “post-docs”).

Dulbecco Telethon Institute is not an institute in any physical sense of the term. It is a programme whose aim is to provide guidance and support for young researchers embarking on an independent career, and who study genetic diseases in Italian research laboratories.

Dulbecco Telethon Institute RESEARCHERS

Dulbecco Telethon Institute recruits brilliant and promising researchers, providing a salary and research funds for five years so that they can work in the Italian institutes of their choosing. The funding period can be prolonged on the basis of results attained and the assessments of the Telethon Scientific and Medical Committee.