TECHNOLOGICAL DISTRICTS OF TUSCANY
Technological Districts are the new financial instruments promoted by the Region of Tuscany department, in implementation of the First Priority Axis “Strengthening research, technological development and innovation” related to the “Regional Operational Programme (ROP)ERDF 2014-2020, Objective Investments for growth and employment. Tuscany Region: return to growth”. As a grouping of economic and research operators (innovative start-ups, SMEs and large companies, research organizations), they work together to promote and disseminate innovation, sharing expertise and know-how to stimulate and increase the absorption capacity of new knowledge, especially by SMEs, in order to facilitate technology transfer between companies and between companies and research organizations.
The eight Districts funded by the Region are:
- Fashion Regional Technological District
- Interior and Design Technological District
- Marble and ornamental stones Technological District
- Life Sciences Regional Technological District
- New Materials Regional Technological District
- Boating and Ports Technological District
- Rail Technological District
- Energy-Green Economy Regional Technological District
In line with the “Strategy of Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation in Tuscany”, which requires to focus policy support and investments on key priorities, challenges and needs based on knowledge, the following technological intervention priorities have been identified:
- ICT and PHOTONICS: Components and systems engineering (devices/products/processes) embedded advanced and smart; Internet of the future, infrastructure technologies, platforms, networks, hardware; application services and web-based solutions, Internet of things and services; technology and information management; digital creativity; microelectronics and photonics; optical, electro-optics.
- INTELLIGENT FACTORY: Industrial automation; robotics and assisted living environments; mechatronics; technologies for efficient energy use in production processes; sustainable technologies in energy-intensive industries; creating new and sustainable models of business organizations; other intelligent factor areas.
- CHEMISTRY AND NANOTECHNOLOGY: Organic chemistry; inorganic chemistry; technology of polymeric and composite materials; biochemistry; nanostructures, nanomaterials, nanoparticles, nanotubes; nanomedicine; nanoelectronics.
The technological districts carry out collaborative R&D activities for technology dissemination and the implementation of economic intelligence activities, with specific reference to technological foresight, the activation of collaborative relationships between companies, and between companies and the research and innovation system, aimed at stimulating and increasing the absorption capacity of new knowledge, especially by SMEs, encouraging the development of new technologies, products and services. In particular:
Matchmaking activities: organization of Business to Business (B2B), Research to Business (R2B)meetings, individual meetings between financial operators and companies.
Service Procurement: procurement of qualified services to businesses, business support for submission of funding applications (at European, national and regional level), business support for the registration of patents/trademarks or other intellectual property management operations, mediation in the conclusion of commercial agreements between undertakings, as well as between companies and financial operators.
Each technological district has set up its own three-year Operational Strategic Plan in order to set the strategic goals of the district and to identify all the activities put into place to achieve them.