The so-called "Third Mission" of SISSA aims to respond at the societal and economic challenges, using the knowledge from research and education of the School's activities. This implies taking responsibility, actively and consciously, for the society in which SISSA is immersed.
Therefore, "Innovation" means technology transfer and knowledge dissemination.
SISSA promotes both basic research, aimed at furthering scientific knowledge and insights in general, and applied research, focused on concrete solutions to defined problems. These mutually complementary research strands both shape the transfer of knowledge and technology to society through collaboration with industry partners.