9 million to Insubria for the culture and tourism industry

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The proposal, presented by the Politecnico di Torino together with a network of 24 public and private partners, was funded by the Ministry of Universities and Research. “NODES-North West Digital And Sustainable”project selected as part of the investments planned by National Recovery and Resilience Plan that will bring 110 million euros in the territory of Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta and the westernmost provinces of Lombardy, Como, Varese and Pavia and 15 million euros for research activities and overlapping tenders for the southern regions of the country.

The goal is the establishment of one of the 11 innovation ecosystems identified by the Ministry to support the sustainable and inclusive growth of the reference areas in what has been identified as double transition (digital and organic).

The project was assessed as being able to produce a significant impact in relation to territories and industrial systems intercepted because it interests one Macro region where it will be possible to create a system with a uniform number of actors, which will create the opportunity to increase the ability to share skills and create a broad and accessible network for use in multiple territories, making the model scalable even when the PNRR will be completed.

Another strength of the macro-region is the ability to intercept MPMIs and activate them on research, development, technology transfer, training initiatives and thus generate a significant critical mass in achieving the measurable goals proposed by the ecosystem and potentially attracting additional resources at European level as well. .

THAT implementation subjects (which will form the so-called Hub, for which management coordination is responsible) are all public universities: Polytechnic of Turin, University of Turin, University of Eastern Piedmont, University of Insubria, University of Pavia and the University of Valle D’Aosta, among which a limited liability consortium (Scarl) will be established. The same universities, together with the University of Gastronomy, will be able to make use of (like Spoke) the collaboration between affiliated subjects to realize the research activities of their own competence.

In total, the subjects that make up the ecosystem are 24: 8 universities, 6 innovation poles, 5 reference research centers, 3 incubators and 1 accelerator, 1 competence center. Of the project’s total budget, there are approx 54 millions of euros will be spent on “cascading calls” also open to entrepreneurial realities and thus multiply the number of actors involved and the skills put into the system.

Finally Regions of Piedmont, Aosta Valley And Lombardy have expressed their commitment to guarantee and promote the strategic territorial guidelines necessary for the implementation of the project, and in particular the issuance of tenders financed by the European Structural Funds subject to regional programming, which may be complementary and synergistic to: “the supply of waterfalls”. stipulated in the ecosystem proposal. Various companies and entities in the areas related to the areas of the proposal have also expressed their interest with a letter of approval for a collaboration with “NODES”.

The ambitious goal of the project, which will be completed in three years, is creation of research and industry chains in seven sectors related to advanced manufacturing: Industry 4.0 for mobility and aerospace, Industrial sustainability and green technologies, Tourism and culture industry, Digital and sustainable mountain, Health industry and silver economy, Primary and secondary agro-industry.

The project then proposes support innovation on technological paths with great potential for development on the one hand new products and processes in SMEs existing, stimulating processes for research improvement and technology transfer and increased their competitiveness also at international level and, on the other hand, the promotion of creation of “Deep Tech” start-ups and spin-offs in the identified sectors, attract additional financial resources from venture capital funds.

To implement this collaboration, collaborative innovation pathways and tools will be explored between start-ups, SMEs, large companies and the research world that are innovative, scalable and replicable even at the end of PNRR. Finally, great emphasis will be placed on talent training and staff qualification and retraining employed with higher education and through innovative teaching approaches and their deployment in the productive world, focusing on the involvement of women in the STEM area and on innovation of the role of the research doctorate in an «industrial» perspective. Large companies will support the ecosystem by playing a key role in identifying the industrial development paths, by hiring highly qualified staff and supporting the absorption of the developed innovations.

“The Commission of External Experts, which evaluated the project, complimented the excellent quality of the proposal and acknowledged in particular the attention paid to ensuring a broad effect of the initiative, both in social terms and in terms of increased competitiveness of the territory from an economic point of view, but also its sustainability. The work in the new NODES ecosystem will support innovation in the regions involved at national level and at the same time promote the attraction of investment and cooperation at international level “, he declares. Guido SaraccoRector of the Polytechnic in Turin.

Within the Innovation Ecosystems project funded by NRP, The University of Insubria will directly administer 9 million euroswho will be employed to recruit new research staff and for issuing “cascade calls” dedicated to local businesses. The compliments for the excellent work done to achieve such an important result came from Principal Angelo Tagliabue.

The professor is the scientific director of Spoke presented by Insubria Barbara Pozzo: “Our project within Innovation Ecosystems is dedicated toculture and tourism and represents a real opportunity for growth for the university and its territory. In fact, we will be able to invest a good portion of the disbursed resources to activate cascading calls with companieswhich also enables interactions with other projects already in place, such as Como Unesco Creative City ».

«Participation in this Innovation Ecosystem – says the professor Mauro FasanoWitnesses Rector’s Delegate for Innovation and Technology Transfer Insubria’s great commitment to the third mission. We have the opportunity to activate new collaborations and implement the important ones already in place, such as with Fondazione Città Studi di Biella and with ComoNext, the certified incubator, which has an agreement with the university ».

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