Innovation and entrepreneurship, 5 million euro to fund Contamination Labs in Italian Universities
Five million euro to develop and strengthen Contamination Labs (CLabs) in Italian universities. This is the budget of the call launched on 2 December 2016 on the website of the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). CLabs are places of contamination between students and graduates of different disciplines, aimed at the promotion of new learning models and the development of innovation projects with a business and social dimension.
“This call is a step of the implementation of the National Research Programme – said the Minister of Education, University and Research, Stefania Giannini – Promoting the exchange of ideas between students of different disciplines and opening the doors to of Universities to the contamination with the local environment and external players, including international players, will create the ideal conditions to develop innovative projects”.
Contamination, the focus of this project, can develop in different directions: between students from different courses/departments to share projects and develop new skills; between students and university teachers from different departments/disciplines/backgrounds; with third actors from the production sector (enterprises, startups, investors, chambers of commerce, trade associations, technology poles, clusters, etc.), but also schools, institutions (local and national) and organizations from the third sector; with European and international players, to establish partnerships and collaborations and promote the mobility of students as well as strengthening the internationalization processes of Universities.
Each project will have a maximum duration of 36 months and can be funded with up to 300,000 euro. The Ministry of Education will fund the projects with 5 million euro through the Development and Cohesion Fund (DCF). The budget, after the deduction of evaluation and monitoring costs, will be distributed based on the list resulting from the assessments made by the panel of experts, as follows: up to 3/5 to Southern Italy, up to 2/5 to Central and Northern Italy. The call includes the creation of a national network of Contamination Labs for a total value of 150,000 euro.
The Call and the Guidelines “Contamination Lab” 2016, are available at: http://attiministeriali.miur.it/anno-2016/novembre/dd-29112016.aspx.
Applications must be submitted through the online platform (http://clab.cineca.it) from 12:00 of 20 December 2016 to 12:00 of 15 February 2017, using the online form available on the website.