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.

Key facts

region in Italy for Innovation

Source: European Innovation Scoreboard 2023,Transatlantic Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index 2022

European Data Valley

Emilia-Romagna boasts top world supercomputers, cutting-edge data centers, a large "big data community"

R&D expenditure

per inhabitant higher than the national and EU27 average
Source: Eurostat 2020

Over 90

Industrial research Labs and Innovation Centres
Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network


Communities of public and private bodies (research centers, companies, training bodies)

Big Data Association

and the "The Tecnopolo Manifattura | Data Valley Hub" in Bologna

Innovative Start-ups
(January 2023)
More than 30 Incubators / Start-up
Open Labs for Digital Innovation

Funded R&D Projects

million euros of total investment
million euros of public funds




Clust-ER Associations

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.


Data Valley

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

R&B 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 11 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.



Start up

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.