Regional innovation policy supports R&I activities carried out by enterprises, promotes the development of Industrial Research Laboratories and Innovation Centres mainly located in the Technopoles and organized in the High Technology Network, fosters the regional Clust-ERs along with innovative business ideas and initiatives.
region in Italy for Innovation (EC-RIS, 2021)
|European Data Valley |
boasting top world supercomputers
|R&D expenditure |
per inhabitant higher than the national and EU27 average (Eurostat, 2019)
Industrial research Labs and
Big Data Association, with 450 public and private entities involved
Innovative Start-ups (May 2022)
Open Labs for Digital Innovation
|REGIONAL SMART SPECIALIZATION STRATEGY (Updated May 2021)|
Funded R&D Projects
million euros of total investment
million euros of public funds
Clust-ER Associations are communities of public and private bodies (research centers, companies, training bodies) created to support the competitiveness of the most important production systems in Emilia-Romagna. The Clust-ER Associations rely on the innovation capacity of the entire innovation system: within the Clust-ERs, research laboratories and innovation centres belonging to the regional High Technology Network team up with companies and higher education organisations to face common challenges, develop strategic projects and multiply opportunities.
National research institutes in Emilia-Romagna
The National Research Council - CNR and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development - ENEA own a large number of laboratories in the region. Other important research institutes in the region are: the National Institute for Nuclear Physics - INFN, the National Institute for Astrophysics - INAF, the National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology - INGV and CINECA, the largest Italian computing centre.
Emilia-Romagna qualifies as an international Data Valley boasting top world supercomputers, cutting edge data centres and a wide ‘big data community’ with policies supporting new investments and a dynamic business environment, aimed to put Europe on a par with the giants USA and China.
R2B - Research to business
R2B - Research to Business is the first international exhibition in Italy aimed at fostering cooperation between advanced research and industry. Promoted by the Emilia-Romagna Region and Bologna Fiere and organised by ART-ER, since 2015, R2B is the market place for innovation.
The Technopoles are 10 infrastructures located in 20 locations throughout the Emilia-Romagna region, hosting and organizing activities and services for industrial research, experimental development and technology transfer. Technopoles are home to the industrial research laboratories of the Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network and also to the S3 AREA Spaces born to facilitate the approach of young graduates to innovation, research and the most innovative circuits of employment opportunities.
Universities and training
The university and training system is widespread all over the region providing high skilled human resources for the research and the production systems and attracting international talents.
EmiliaRomagnaStartUp, the main regional initiative for startups and future entrepreneurs, offers an interactive database of all the organisations and associations that are part of their network and promote the creation and growth of innovative startups in Emilia-Romagna. These actors use proven approaches and methodologies to offer services and incentives to new innovative enterprises.
Ecosister, Emilia-Romagna Territorial Innovation Ecosystem, is a regional Foundation that manages a Technology Transfer and Innovation Programme worth 110 million euros, supported by the NRPP (National Resilience and Recovery Plan), which involves 23 public and private participants in order to support the ecological transition in Emilia-Romagna.
ART-ER Attractiveness Research Territory
ART-ER Attractiveness Research Territory is the Emilia-Romagna Joint Stock Consortium - among the Emilia-Romagna Region, the six Universities, the Research centres - CNR, ENEA, INFN - the regional Union of the Chambers of Commerce and other local stakeholders - fostering the region’s sustainable growth by developing innovation and knowledge, attractiveness and internationalisation of the region system. The Consortium is at the core of this vibrant innovation ecosystem, animating it through joint activities and open innovation actions involving all regional stakeholders as well as coordinating and supporting the High Technology Network, the Clust-ERs and the Technopoles.