Ecosystems of innovation, the second phase begins

Call worth €350 M intended for marginalized urban areas in the South of Italy

The first phase of the expression of interest for the submission of projects aimed at creating ecosystems of innovation in the South, that is places of cooperation between universities, research centers, private sector, civil society and institutions aimed at the development of innovative ideas and solutions.
A message of the Ministry for the South of Italy and Territorial Cohesion informs that there were 270 project ideas submitted by the deadline of November 12, 2021. The evaluation committee considered 171 of them eligible for accessing the second phase of the contractual procedure.
The project presented in the second phase, by the deadline of February 25, 2022, must be consistent with the project idea considered suitable in the first phase, constituting its technical and economic development, explains the message. In the course of the negotiated procedure, also at the request of the evaluation committee, it will still be possible to reduce the total cost of the project, indicating its specific reasons.
The call is financed under the Fund complementary to the NRRP with 350 million euros (divided into €70 M for each of the years from 2022 to 2026), entirely intended for marginalized urban areas of the southern regions.
The maximum duration of the projects can not exceed 36 months and the amount of investment may vary between €10 M and €90 M, which can also be covered entirely by state funding.
The objective of the call, said Minister for the South of Italy and Territorial Cohesion Maria Rosaria Carfagna, is twofold: “On the one hand, we are rewarding the skills and creativity of southern research centers, which can cooperate with companies, administrations and other entities to develop innovative solutions and create positive effects in both the economic and social fields; on the other hand, we have chosen to finance projects that will be based in insufficiently acknowledged places in southern cities, in order to help their rebirth.”


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12 January 2022 - 17:48 CET