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Two key documents establish the background for research in Italy: the National Reform Programme (2020), and the National Research Programme (2015–2020). The National Research Programme 2015-2020 proposes a taxonomy of applied and translational research divided into twelve specialization areas:

  • Aerospace;
  • Agri-food;
  • Cultural Heritage;
  • Blue Growth;
  • Green Chemistry;
  • Design, Creativity and Made in Italy;
  • Energy;
  • Smart Manufacturing;
  • Sustainable Mobility;
  • Health;
  • Smart, Secure and Inclusive Communities;
  • Technologies for Living Environments.

Strategy related specifically to transport research is covered under the sustainable mobility, aerospace and energy areas of the National Research Programme. Other key documents include:

The political level for R&D policies is the Parliament and the Council of Ministries. The highest level of Science and Technology policy coordination is with the Inter-Ministry Committee for Economic Planning (CIPE). 

At operational level, the Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) coordinates national and international scientific activities, distributes funding to universities and research agencies, and establishes the procedures for funding public and private research, and technological development. The Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) supports and manages industrial innovation. Other Ministries manage research funding in their specific fields.

There are two bodies with advisory tasks:

The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest scientific public organisation of Italy and its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country.

Transport policy is developed and implemented by the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transports

Transport research is funded through the general research framework and through programmes dedicated to transport. To promote larger R&D investment and to stimulate R&D projects in the private sector, the Italian State supports companies through grants and loans. These include the Fund for Applied Research managed by the Ministry for Education, University and Research, and the Fund for Technological Innovation managed by the Ministry of Productive Activities.

There are several thematic programmes, which fund research on transport related topics. These include: 

National Operational Programme on Research and Innovation 2014-2020 - covers EU funding to the less developed and transition regions of Italy, including strengthening research, technological development and innovation.

National Operational Programme on Enterprises and Competitiveness- covers EU funding to the less developed and transition regions of Italy, including supporting a shift towards a low carbon economy.

National Research Programme 2015-2020 - a platform to boost industrial competitiveness and development of the country through the instruments of knowledge. It is divided into twelve specialization areas including aerospace and sustainable mobility.

Interreg V-A - Italy-France (Maritime) - promotes entrepreneurship, a safer environment, the valorisation of natural and cultural resources, sustainable mobility and social inclusion through economic development. At the same time, it addresses climate change issues, connection of secondary and tertiary nodes to the TEN-T network and joint training schemes in the cross-border area.

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URBan Electronic LOGistics

Funding Source
RBeLOG is a SMART-CITY project co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) under the Program “SMART CITIES and Communities and Social Innovation”. Funding: 7.845.000 €
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Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
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Environmental/Emissions aspects
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Funding Source
Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR, grant DM62573). Project overall cost: 3855 kEUR - CNR grant: 1330 kEUR - INSEAN grant: 674 kEUR - Costs coverage: 35%
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Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport electrification (ELT)
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