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Research in the supply chain, this is how the Government intends to invest the 6 billion envisaged by the PNRR

The first control room on the PNRR was held on 7 October. Symbolically, the first meeting wanted to focus on the themes related to Mission 4 – Education and Research, developing the guidelines for the planned investments.

For component 2 dedicated to the macro theme “From research to business”, the PNRR allocates approximately 11 billion . Of these, 9 billion euros are the responsibility of the Ministry of University and Research in relation to investments in research.

By further zooming in, of these 9 billion, 6 billion are dedicated to “research in the supply chain” and distributed in four measures for which the Guidelines drawn up yesterday by the Control Room apply:

  • Partnerships extended to universities, research centers, companies for the financing of basic research projects (investments of € 1.61 billion);
  • Strengthening of research structures for the creation of “national research and development champions” on some enabling technologies, identified as National Centers (investments of 1.6 billion euros);
  • Creation and strengthening of “innovation ecosystems” as territorial leaders of research and development (investments for 1.3 billion euros);
  • Creation of an integrated system of Research Infrastructures and Technological Innovation Infrastructures (investments of 1.58 billion euros).

“In implementing the PNRR measures – said Minister Cristina Messa – the funds we are talking about today concern research in the supply chain and amount to 6 billion. These are resources that will be destined for major projects . In implementing these measures, we will take into account various aspects, including that of the recovery of gender, generational and territorial gaps and finally the principle of merit. All the proposals that arrive will be evaluated according to a principle of impartiality ”.

Attention also to gender equality : “In the measures that will be announced, there will be a 40% quota reserved for women. In addition, all those, universities, institutions, companies, who participate in the call for the creation of the supply chains will have to demonstrate that they have an internal budget of moaning or an evaluation or a program of gender equality ”, said the Minister.

The areas on which the research in the supply chain will focus

One of the most important innovations to emerge from the guidelines concerns the first two points, the extended partnerships and the National Centers. In fact, in the PNRR the research areas were not detailed. The Guidelines, on the other hand, provide for them.

Regarding Extended Partnerships are concerned, these are widespread networks of universities, public research bodies, other public and private entities engaged in research activities, recognized as highly qualified.

The organization is that of consortia according to the Hub & Spoke model. The 1.61 billion envisaged will finance at least 10 major fundamental and / or applied transversal research programs (for each program there is funding between 80 and 160 million euros), identifying the themes among these 15:

  • Artificial intelligence: foundational aspects
  • Energy scenarios of the future
  • Environmental, natural and anthropogenic risks
  • Quantum sciences and technologies
  • Humanistic culture and cultural heritage as laboratories of innovation and creativity
  • Innovative diagnostics and therapies in precision medicine
  • Cybersecurity, new technologies and rights protection
  • Consequences and challenges of aging
  • Economic and financial sustainability of systems and territories
  • Models for sustainable nutrition
  • Circular and sustainable Made-in-Italy
  • Neuroscience and neuropharmacology
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Telecommunications of the future
  • Space activities

The National Centers (“national research and development champions”) are widespread networks of universities, public research bodies, other public and private entities engaged in research activities, recognized as highly qualified. They are also organized into foundations or consortia according to a Hub & Spoke model. For each of the 5 programs, funding between 200 and 400 million euros is foreseen: they will deal with frontier research relating to these issues:

  • High performance simulations, calculation and data analysis
  • Agricultural Technologies (Agritech)
  • Development of drugs with RNA technology and gene therapy
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Bio-diversity

As regards the “Innovation Ecosystems” and the “Research Infrastructures and the Technological Innovation Infrastructures”, the themes have not been indicated, but the number has been identified.

The ecosystems of innovation will be a maximum of 12 (just over 100 million each on average, therefore, with a range of between 60 and 120 million euros), “with an approach oriented to major challenges with the aim of create and promote innovation for the sustainability of the territories “.

The Research Infrastructures (plants, resources and related services) and Technological Innovation Infrastructures (structures, tools, plants, resources and services) will instead be up to 30 (just over 50 million each on average).