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THE NATIONAL TECHNOLOGICAL CLUSTER "TRASPORTI ITALIA 2020"

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WHAT THE NATIONAL TECHNOLOGICAL CLUSTERS ARE

The Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research published on May 30th 2012 a call for proposal in order to develop National Technological Clusters (click here (formato PDF - dimensione 4 Mb) for the call - in Italian only) as vehicles for promoting sustainable economic growth in Italy through R&D and Innovation.

The Clusters are organised groups of Enterprises, Universities, Research bodies, other bodies - even financial ones - active in the field of Innovation. Also the Regional Technological Districts (such as DITECFER) can be part of it.
The Clusters are run by a specific Steering Committee, and each of them works on a specific technological field.


HOW THE CLUSTER "TRASPORTI ITALIA 2020" WAS BORN

The call for proposal identified 9 fields of action for the National Clusters. One of these is "Means and systems for surface and maritime mobility".
In this framework a group of more than 70 promoters (among them also DITECFER) presented the Ministry a proposal for a Cluster named "Trasporti Italia 2020", based on a 5-years Strategic Plan.

The Plan identifies the multiannual orientations for Rail Transport, Automotive, Maritime and Intermodal/Logistics sector. Also it describes the system of governance for the Cluster, providing specific roles to Large Enterprises, SMEs, Universities and Research Bodies, Regions, etc..


THE PROJECTS PROMOTED BY THE CLUSTER

Together with the proposal for a National Tecnological Cluster based on the above mentioned Strategic Plan, the Call for proposal also wanted the promoters to present 4 R&D projects.
In the Rail Transport field, DITECFER coordinated and still coordinates the "Working Group Rail" at national level. This job brought us to present a 12 Million Euros project named "TESYS Rail" (click here (formato PDF - dimensione 81 Kb) for the Project Abstract), involving 19 Enterprises belonging to DITECFER (17 of which SMEs), the National Rail Operator, one more industrial partner and several Universities.

Click here to access the project website.


"CLOSED PROJECTS, OPEN CLUSTER"

This is the "motto" developed by the Ministry in order to explain the difference between the implementation of the 4 projects cofinanced by the Call and how the Cluster will work.
The projects, in fact, have their own well defined partnership, while the Cluster will be open for association to any national entity active on Surface and Maritime Transport fields.

The Cluster was created on April 10th 2014.

For further info on the Cluster "Trasporti Italia 2020": info@ditecfer.eu