Politecnico deploys its skills and resources to identify the best ideas, ensure correct management of intellectual property, increase the development of patented technologies, dialogue and collaborate with companies, create entrepreneurship along an ethical path that interfaces and intersects with the regional network of companies.
To support these processes, the university offers some dedicated initiatives and is proactive in promoting new ones:
PNRR - Italy's National Recovery and Resilience Plan
Politecnico di Torino, in line with its vocation as a technical university serving the region and in close collaboration with other public and private organisations and Italian companies, grasps the opportunities offered by the PNRR to strengthen its contribution to relaunching the country, to generate a direct impact in the region locally and nationally, with repercussions in terms of international competitiveness too.
There are 4 initiatives that involve Politecnico di Torino:
- INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM “NODES – Nord Ovest Digitale e Sostenibile (North West Digital and Sustainable)” (see below)
- NATIONAL CENTRE for SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY: founded with the ambition of being a real tool for growth and development in the mobility sector. The mission of the Centre is to assist in the green and digital transition with a sustainable perspective, ensuring the industrial transition of the sector and assisting local institutions to implement modern, sustainable, and inclusive solutions in the country’s cities and regions.
- RESEARCH AND INNOVATION INFRASTRUCTURE. The University has obtained funding for four new pieces of technological innovation infrastructure proposed from the Ministry for Universities and Research for a total amount of € 145 million:
- INFUTURO - “Technological innovation infrastructure INFUTURO (IN THE FUTURE)”
- IRSME - “National innovation infrastructure in a network for simulating and monitoring the energy system”
- ISM4Italy - “Innovation infrastructure for sustainable mobility in Italy”
- IS4Aerospace - “Technological innovation infrastructure for knowledge transfer in the field of new aerospace challenges”
- EXTENDED PARTNERSHIPS: being defined; these aim to fund large fundamental and/or applied research programmes, characterised by an interdisciplinary, holistic, and problem-solving approach, implemented by broad networks of universities, public research bodies, and other public and private parties.
NODES – Nord Ovest Digitale e Sostenibile
NODES, the ecosystem for innovation and sustainable digital, was presented by Politecnico together with a network of 24 partners and was selected and funded by the Ministry for Universities and Research as part of the investments envisaged by the PNRR.
NODES involves measures to support the sustainable and inclusive growth of reference regions in the so-called double transition - digital and ecological.
The ambitious goal of the project, which will end in three years, is the creation of research and industrial supply chains in seven sectors linked to advanced manufacturing:
- Industry 4.0 for mobility and aerospace
- Industrial sustainability and green technologies
- Tourism and culture industry
- Digital and sustainable mountain
- Health industry and the silver economy
- Primary agroindustry
- Secondary agroindustry
Politecnico di Torino is participating in the project: House of Emerging Technologies of Turin - CTE Next, the goal of which is to implement, in Turin and in close collaboration with the Turin universities, a centre for technology transfer spread out across emerging technologies linked to 5G in vertical sectors that are strategic for the region:
- Smart Road (with a focus on self-driving and connected vehicles)
- Urban Air Mobility
- Industry 4.0
- Innovative Urban Services and SMEs
The centre is to create an attractive environment for generating start-ups and SMEs, coming from abroad as well.
CTE Next is a partnership comprising 12 public and private organisations, led by the Turin Municipality.
Born from an idea of Politecnico di Torino and now managed by Netval and MISE-Uibm, the Knowledge-Share platform is the showcase for patents derived from public Italian research. With approximately 1,500 technologies that can be freely consulted, the goal of the portal is to become the meeting place for the demand and supply of innovation developed by university research and research centres, gathering the portfolio of knowledge and technology that can be the subject of an industrial application and making it easily accessible for external stakeholders.
Tech Share Day
Created in 2016 by a collaboration between Politecnico di Torino and Intesa Sanpaolo, the TechShare Day is a day dedicated to sharing tech knowledge. The University presents its portfolio of patents, prototypes, and professional expertise to companies, investors, and the academic world, via a series of dedicated events that are open and free.
The event, whose recent editions were held with the collaboration of NETVAL, is intended to strengthen the relationship between universities, companies, and venture capital firms, with a view to developing the transfer of research results and relationships with the region.
By connecting the supply of industrial patents to SMEs’ demand for innovation, businesses can analyse the details of patents, made available online through a dedicated platform, before directly meeting during the day with the inventors, over the course of one-to-one meetings, to discuss the advantages and applications of the technologies.