The Research and Innovation Centre (CRI) is part of Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM), a private multifaceted organisation. Its main focuses are education, research, services and technology transfer. The Foundation has started in 2008: it gets the prestigious knowledge heritage of Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige (IASMA), founded in 1874. CRI was officially created the 1st January 2009, when the pre-existent FEM Experimental Centre was combined with the Centre of Alpine Ecology.
At the beginning CRI was organised into tree thematic area (Environment, Agriculture and Nutrition Areas). Since January 2011 CRI had a new organisational structure built upon four institutional Departments, three Transversal Structures and one research centre jointly operated with the Italian National Research Council (CNR).