In September 2006, the Italian Government launched a new strategy for future development and competitiveness of the industry sector called Industria 2015.
The whole strategy was based on the concept of integrating manufacturing, advanced services and new technologies in a long-term perspective (up to 2015).
Industria 2015 was developed by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) and initially managed by its Institute of Industrial Promotion (IPI).
One of the main pillars of the strategy was represented by the so called Industrial Innovation Projects, a funding programme aimed at creating a synergy between development and research funding schemes, the latter managed by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).
There were three main sectors covered by the programme
- Sustainable Mobility
- Energy Efficiency
- New technologies for Made in Italy
The funds made available by the programme were initially planned in € 663 Million but only € 23 Million were effectively provided to awarded consortia (around 30 projects).