The National Interuniversity Consortium for the Physical Sciences of Matter (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze Fisiche della Materia, CNISM) started its activity on february 3, 2005. It is a non-profit organization comprising 39 Italian Universities and approximately 1300 scientists working in the field of condensed matter physics.

CNISM promotes and coordinates research, scientific activities and related technologies in the field of condensed matter physics among the Universities of the Consortium and with the aim of better developing the activities that each University supports in condensed matter.

CNISM develops and performs inter-disciplinary research in condensed matter and its technological application via the scientific network based on its units of operation and its regional laboratories.