Research and development
Innovation and research are two elements that help determine the well-being and social and economic progress of a territory. This field is indicated as a priority in the Europe 2020 strategy, and one for which Italy presents a structural delay compared with the major European countries. In fact, in 2015 Italy invested 1.34% of its GDP in this field, while France and Germany invested respectively 2.27% and 2.92%. And Italy is still a long way away from the target percentage of 1.53% set by the Horizon 2020 program.
University of Padua
Padua is home to one of the oldest universities in the world, whose history crosses paths with two illustrious people: Galileo Galilei, who taught at the University of Padua between 1592 to 1610, and Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in the world ever to graduate in 1678. To foster progress and bolster innovation that can leave a positive impact on the social and economic fabric, Fondazione Cariparo allocates resources to high-level specialization, outstanding projects and young researchers. Fondazione does so by relying on the valuable contribution made by the University of Padua, to which Fondazione allocates about 8 million euros annually.
Call for Excellence Research Projects
Grants for three-year research projects. Fondazione Cariparo aims to support research teams wishing to conduct leading research projects. The selected projects are peer-reviewed by a panel of experts. Now in its seventh year, Fondazione has thus far allocated over € 33.2 million in support of over 130 projects developed by the University of Padua and other research units from the Padua and Rovigo provinces.
Call for Visiting Programme
This grant aims to foster international relations at the University of Padua.
Laboratorio Te.Si. (Work Systems and Technology) – University of Padua
Established in 2006, the laboratory is an international center of excellence in the field of scientific and industrial research into the most advanced technologies and systems for precision machining and microfabrication of products for the manufacturing industry, with a focus on innovative manufacturing technologies using polymeric materials.
Over 4 million euros earmarked to purchase cutting-edge equipment and machinery.
3L – Less energy, less cost, less impact
This project, financed by Fondazione through a € 582,000 grant, strives to support local authorities in the Padua area a large-scale project for energy-saving projects – primarily in the area of energy efficiency of buildings owned by municipalities.