Creation of a “Scientific network of excellence” in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region among universities, public research bodies and international research bodies to reinforce the capacity for action, attractiveness and competitiveness at a national and international level of the institutions


Support for the development of international agreements, cooperation agreements and projects in the sectors of research and innovation, which involve the institutions belonging to the scientific network of excellence, first of all inside the strategy areas of the European Union for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) and of the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic - Ionian Region (EUSAIR)


In order to strategically enhance the collaboration activities at the international level in the field of research, innovation and technological transfer, and to increase the impact and the visibility of such initiatives, the Regional Authority signed along with the Universities of Trieste and Udine and SISSA - and has been implementing - an Agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Agreement falls within the MIT-Italy Program and has the purpose of strengthening such programme through new initiatives to increase its critical mass, as well as its impact and visibility.

The Project concentrates on the scientific areas having shared interests and complementary competences, already available within the institutions involved.
In particular, 4 types of activities are supported:

  1. Initial funding to promote new collaborations on pioneering subjects, with funds amounting to maximum € 25,000.00;
  2. Residencies and fellowships for MIT students and researchers at the universities of Friuli Venezia Giulia working on projects of shared interest;
  3. Contribution to travel costs amounting to € 2,500.00 aimed at exploring collaboration opportunities;
  4. Communication activities to highlight the achievements of the Initiative and disseminate information about it (also within ESOF 2020)

Regional Authority, University of Trieste, University of Udine, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Starting date: 


Expected duration: 

2019 (third year)


€ 150,000 in 2019 (regional funding)

Expected result: 

Increase in the internationalisation capabilities of SiS FVG and increase in the active international collaborations

Result indicators: 

7 projects and annual exchanges among FVG Universities and MIT ( 5 research projects and 2 research fellowships)