Foundation for Research and Innovation is the proponent and key-manager partner of POLIS/DitBECs
POLIS is a structured network supported by the Tuscany Region for the period included between 2011 and 2014. The Innovation Pole of the Technologies for a Sustainable City and Cultural Heritage was born as grouping of 200 Tuscan SMEs, research centres, start-ups and associations; it is now made of 654 partners ( 586 SMEs, 24 large companies, 27 research organisations/associations, 24 institutions/public bodies).
F.R.I. also performs the function of Secretariat of DitBECs, the District of Cultural Heritage and Sustainable City’s Technologies.
CTN- National Technology Cluster on Smart Communities
F.R.I. represents the Tuscany Region and DitBECs in CTN- National Technology Cluster on Smart Communities, a consortium whose main role consists in the coordination and promotion of technological transfer activities referred to Smart Communities in order to strengthen synergies in the field of research among Universities, Enterprises and Institutions.
DITECFER - The Tuscan District for Rail Technologies, High Speed, Safety&Security
F.R.I. actively participates in DITECFER, the Tuscan District for Rail Technologies, which plays a fundamental role by promoting R&D activities, scientific training and dissemination in the rail sectors, urban mobility, advanced logistics and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS); besides, the consortium fosters innovation and technology transfer in order to improve and support the competitiveness of enterprises.
ICON, the International Centre of Computational Neurophotonics, is a non-profit organization established in July 2011 by LENS (European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy), Italian IBM Foundation and Foundation for Research and Innovation of the University of Florence also thanks to the financial support provided by Ente Cassa di Risparmio of Florence. It is committed to bridge brain studies towards a new computational paradigm: the connectome-inspired computing with the aim of understanding the brain functionality and dynamics and to reproduce its potentials in algorithms capable of more efficiently handling distributed and complex systems.
In July 2013 F.R.I. signed a framework partnership agreement with the University of Florence (for a period of 10 years) to activate curricular/extracurricular training courses as well as career guidance and counseling programmes. University laboratories are constantly involved in projects with enterprises, Poles and Districts for Innovation; besides, F.R.I. organizes matchmaking events, workshops, seminars and conferences to promote university research activities among institutions and enterprises.
CSAVRI – Service Centre for the Enhancement of Research and Management of the Incubator
Founded in late 2009, CSAVRI is the service centre for the enhancement of research and management of the university incubator. It monitors, integrates and manages the University's activities related to patents, spin-offs and third-party research.
Collaboration with F.R.I. involves several fields such as: Innovation Poles, Sportello Apre *Toscana, Matchmaking Sessions for companies and research organisations, “Impresa Campus Project”, competence centres, career guidance and job orientation, metropolitan system of incubators, territorial networks.
The Confucius Institute is the official body for the teaching of Chinese in the world, recognised and funded by the Ministry of Education of China. The Confucius Institute of Florence was born in March 2014 as a result of the collaboration between the University of Florence and Tongji University (Shanghai). F.R.I. collaborates with Tongji University in two different projects: FLORENCE OVERSEAS CAMPUS for the diffusion of Chinese language and culture, and CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE for the promotion and the organisation of cultural events.
The collaboration with the Regional Council focuses on the organisation of “Premio Impresa + Innovazione + Lavoro” (Enterprise+Innovation+Job Award): outstanding associations and enterprises demonstrating innovation and creativity are chosen from a large pool of submissions and recognised by a Regional Award.
In the framework of the main project “Active labour market and education policies”, F.R.I. is carrying out research activities dealing with the “Analysis of the labour market with a spotlight on disadvantaged people” and “The relationship between training needs and production sectors”
By means of a public notice, Sviluppo Toscana, an in-house company of the Tuscany Region, defined a short list of external subjects interested in establishing public-private partnerships coordinated by Tuscany Region and finalised at participation in the calls that are part of the programmes directly managed by the European Commission.
F.R.I. submitted its expression of interest to participate in European projects in
partnership with the Tuscany Region within the following sectors:
- “Cultural Heritage”
- “Transportation and Sustainable integrated urban and regional development”
In March 2015 the Confucius Institute and Opera Santa Maria del Fiore signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster and support the development of projects for the increase of knowledge of the Cathedral throughout the world.
SeSA, SeSa Farm, industrial incubator promoted by SeSa Foundation and University of Florence through CSAVRI (service centre for the enhancement of research and management of the university incubator) signed a framework agreement that aims at develop and create a partnership between university and industrial stakeholders in promoting innovative startups and innovative methodologies to train and introduce newly graduated people to work
Foundation for Research and Innovation and Prap signed an agreement. The object of this agreement is the collaboration of the aforementioned Foundation and the Project Office of Prap to study and develop joint projects. This to partecipate and win Regional and Euroepan calls and get funds to create netoworks, with the involvement of the University of Florence, Spin Offs, Startups.
DISEI - DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND ENTERPRENEURIAL SCIENCES
On 28th June 2016 Foundation for Research and Innovation and DISEI of University of Florence signed a Memorandum of Understanding valid within the next four years. The objective is to strenghten institutional collaborations, relationships with local territory, involvement of young researchers in research projects, innovation and technology trasfer.