The EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars funding information for Italy

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The EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars funding information in Italy

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Italian funding bodies, the Ministry for Universities and Research (MIUR) and the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) funds R&D costs for SMEs participating in our EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars programme.  

Funding through the Ministry for Universities and Research (MUR)

For Italian organisations, MUR covers 50% of industrial research project costs in grants and 25% of experimental development project costs in grants.

The maximum funding amount is a grant of 250,000 euro per project, independent of the number of Italian participants.

On your request, you may receive a pre-payment of 50% of the total funding at the start of the project and a second pre-payment of up to 40% of the total funding midway through. The remaining 10% will be paid at the end of the project. Private partners requesting the pre-payments need to provide MUR with a bank guarantee.

Beneficiaries who do not request the pre-payments will be paid after each financial and progress report.

All activities that can be classified as industrial research or experimental development are eligible for funding, but industrial research costs must be higher than experimental development costs. Costs MUR covers include:

  • Personnel 
  • Equipment 
  • Consulting and equivalent services 
  • Consumables 
  • Overheads (spese generali)*

*Overheads cannot amount to more than 50% of personnel costs, and include travel expenses and dissemination and coordination costs.

Funding through the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE)

For Italian organisations, MISE covers 50% of industrial research project costs in grants and 25% of experimental development project costs in grants.

The maximum funding amount is a grant of 500,000 euro per project (independent from the number of Italian participants).

On your request, you may receive a pre-payment of 30% of the total funding at the start of the project. Private partners requesting the pre-payments need to provide MISE with a bank guarantee.

Beneficiaries who do not request the pre-payments will be paid after each financial and progress report.

All activities that can be classified as industrial research or experimental development are eligible for funding, but experimental development costs must be higher than industrial research costs. Costs MISE covers include:

  • Personnel 
  • Equipment 
  • Subcontracting
  • Consumables 
  • Overheads (spese generali)*

*Overheads are calculated as a fixed percentage 25% of eligible costs of the project, as established by article 20 of the delegated regulation (EU) n. 480/2014 and by article 29 of the regulation (EU) n. 1290/2013, in line with the provisions of art 53.3 lett.c of Regulation (EU) 1060/2021 as referred to in article 10 paragraph 4 of Decree 121/2021. They include also communication, dissemination and travel expenses.

Italian funding bodies, the Ministry for Universities and Research (MUR) and the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) funds R&D costs for large companies participating in our EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars programme.

Funding through the Ministry for Universities and Research (MUR)

For Italian organisations, MUR covers 50% of industrial research project costs in grants and 25% of experimental development project costs in grants.

The maximum funding amount is a grant of 250,000 euro per project, independent of the number of Italian participants.

On your request, you may receive a pre-payment of 50% of the total funding at the start of the project and a second pre-payment of up to 40% of the total funding midway through. The remaining 10% will be paid at the end of the project. Private partners requesting the pre-payments need to provide MUR with a bank guarantee.

Beneficiaries who do not request the pre-payments will be paid after each financial and progress report.

All activities that can be classified as industrial research or experimental development are eligible for funding, but the industrial research costs must be higher than experimental development costs. Costs MUR covers include:

  • Personnel 
  • Equipment 
  • Consulting and equivalent services 
  • Consumables 
  • Overheads (spese generali)*

*Overheads cannot amount to more than 50% of personnel costs, and include travel expenses and dissemination and coordination costs.

Funding through the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE)

Large companies can be funded if there is an SME in your consortium. 

For Italian organisations, MISE covers 50% of industrial research project costs in grants and 25% of experimental development project costs in grants.

The maximum funding amount is a grant of 500,000 euro per project (independent from the number of Italian participants).

All activities that can be classified as industrial research or experimental development are eligible for funding, but experimental development costs must be higher than industrial research costs. Costs MISE covers include:

  • Personnel
  • Equipment
  • Subcontracting
  • Consumables
  • Overheads (spese generali)*

*Overheads are calculated as a fixed percentage 25% of eligible costs of the project, as established by article 20 of the delegated regulation (EU) n. 480/2014 and by article 29 of the regulation (EU) n. 1290/2013, in line with the provisions of art 53.3 lett.c of Regulation (EU) 1060/2021 as referred to in article 10 paragraph 4 of Decree 121/2021. They include also communication, dissemination and travel expenses.

    Italian funding bodies, the Ministry for Universities and Research (MUR) and the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) funds R&D costs for universities and research organisations participating in our EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs / Eurostars programme.

    Funding through the Ministry for Universities and Research (MUR)

    For Italian organisations, MUR covers 50% of industrial research project costs in grants and 25% of experimental development project costs in grants.

    The maximum funding amount is a grant of 250,000 euro per project, independent of the number of Italian participants.

    On your request, you may receive a pre-payment of 50% of the total funding at the start of the project and a second pre-payment of up to 40% of the total funding midway through. The remaining 10% will be paid at the end of the project. Private partners requesting the pre-payments need to provide MUR with a bank guarantee.

    Beneficiaries who do not request the pre-payments will be paid after each financial and progress report.

    All activities that can be classified as industrial research or experimental development are eligible for funding, but the industrial research costs must be higher than experimental development costs. Costs MUR covers include:

    • Personnel 
    • Equipment 
    • Consulting and equivalent services 
    • Consumables 
    • Overheads (spese generali)*

    *Overheads cannot amount to more than 50% of personnel costs, and include travel expenses and dissemination and coordination costs.

    Funding through the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE)

    Universities and research organisations can be funded if there is an SME in your consortium and you meet European Union requirements of research organisations

    For Italian organisations, MISE covers 50% of industrial research project costs in grants and 25% of experimental development project costs in grants.

    The maximum funding amount is a grant of 500,000 euro per project (independent from the number of Italian participants).

    All activities that can be classified as industrial research or experimental development are eligible for funding, but experimental development costs must be higher than industrial research costs. Costs MISE covers include:

    • Personnel
    • Equipment
    • Subcontracting
    • Consumables
    • Overheads (spese generali)*

    *Overheads are calculated as a fixed percentage 25% of eligible costs of the project, as established by article 20 of the delegated regulation (EU) n. 480/2014 and by article 29 of the regulation (EU) n. 1290/2013, in line with the provisions of art 53.3 lett.c of Regulation (EU) 1060/2021 as referred to in article 10 paragraph 4 of Decree 121/2021. They include also communication, dissemination and travel expenses.

    While we try to keep this page up to date, funding information stated here is indicative and must be confirmed with your national funding body.

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