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Two calls for tenders, one for new products/services, the other for major research projects for sustainable industry and digital agenda.
The circular economy will be a pillar for the development of Southern Italy: this is the idea of the Minister for Economic Development, who set up a fund of €380 million to support industrial research projects about new technologies, material recycling and sustainability.
The fund is meant for enterprises, research centres, freelancers and spin-off enterprises which present projects in cooperation with other enterprises.
The total amount was allocated in two different calls for tenders: the first one is covered by €180 million and concerns the realization of new products and processes or the improvement of existing services thanks to the development of technologies within the National Strategy for Intelligent Specialisation.
The projects will have to be realised in the least developed Italian regions (Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, Sicily) with €150 million, and in transitioning regions (Abruzzo, Molise, Sardinia) with €30 million. There are seven themes the projects can focus on:
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Advanced materials
- Advanced manufacturing and transformation
- Technologies compatible with the “Societal Challenges” of the Horizon 2020 program
The funding covers expenses between €800 thousand and €5 million. The projects will receive a subsidised loan equal to 20% of the expenses plus a direct contribution which varies depending on the size of the company and the type of activity to be funded.
The second call for tenders is worth €200 million and is dedicated only to the least developed regions (Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, Sicily). The funding will support large research and development projects for a sustainable industry and for the Digital Agenda: the ultimate aim is the realisation of new products, processes or services, or the improvement of existing products, processes and services, through the development of fundamental enabling technologies.
In this case, expenses between €5 million and €40 million will be covered. Tax benefits will be granted on the expenses sustained for employees, new tools and equipments, consultancy services, and materials employed for the implementation of the project.