Partner 23: (IT: Italy) MIUR - Ministry of Education, University and Research

The Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) is the key RTD policy actor and
funding agency in Italy at state level.
MIUR is in charge to prepare and to submit the National Research Programme (PNR – Piano Nazionale
della Ricerca) proposal to the Government and to directly manage it. In preparation of the new PNR,
MIUR adopted, on March 2013, a new strategic document called “Horizon 2020 Italy” aimed at defining
a reference framework coherent with the European one.
Besides, the Ministry, in charge of definition of strategic priorities in Research and higher education, has
the following responsibilities: coordination, assessment and evaluation of the national university system
and advanced training schools; supporting and fostering basic research in university and research
institutions, programming intervention in public research institutions; coordination, regulation and
funding of national research institutions; coordination of the research activities promoted by other
Ministries; monitoring and supporting the integration between the research system and industries;
integration between public research and applied research; promoting and supporting research in the
industry system; funding research programmes for southern regions; promoting initiatives such as the
Funds for the diffusion of scientific culture (PUS); enforcement of EU and international rules on
university education and research. The Ministry also has key responsibilities for international cooperation.
It concludes bi- and multilateral agreements on research and technology collaboration and is
in charge of co-ordinating Italy’s participation in the European Union’s Framework Programme.

Partner 24: (IT: Italy Calabria) REGCAL - Calabria Region

Calabria is a region in southern Italy, forming the "toe" of the Italian Peninsula. The capital city of
Calabria is Catanzaro. The most populated city and the seat of the Calabrian Regional Council, however,
is Reggio Calabria.
It is bordered to the north by the region of Basilicata, to the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and to the east
by the Ionian Sea. The region covers 15,080 km2 (5,822 sq mi) and has a population of just under 2
The regional development strategy intends to pay special attention to the solution of the great
challenges emerging social and hire a broad concept of innovation, related to the sources, the
generative processes and the technological intensity of the product. In this sense, it is necessary to
develop a new entrepreneurial culture through the adoption of the "territorial economic intelligence",
which identifies the salient features of a given territorial or economic context, organizes them as
essential functions of a single organism, promotes integration processes to make it more cohesive
economic fabric, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector consolidates the company's
strategic positioning of scenarios wider.