Actions developed to rely on ERDF, ESF and FSC funds

Scope: 2007-2013 Community programme


ERDF Regione Liguria tenders

The Region of Liguria has in recent years issued specific calls for research and innovation projects for SMEs participating in DLTM and Polo DLTM, some in collaboration with large companies and research organizations, for a total appropriation of resources amounting to 16.8 million euro.

Here is a summary of the results:

  • First FESR call (ed. 2011): 28 projects financed with a value of over €10m and funding of over €5m involving eleven large companies and 63 SMEs, in collaboration with UNIGE and EPR.
  • 2° Notice ERDF (Ed. 2012): 40 projects initially presented with a value of over €20m, involving nine large companies and 75 SMEs, in collaboration with UNIGE and EPR.


FSC call (ex. FAS)-Poli di Ricerca Regione Liguria

As for the FSC research unit funds of €15m, the district team has had three projects approved.

These are now under way at a total cost of about €3.4m and with financing of some €1.83m.


Youth plan

Participation in three specialist training projects financed by the Piano Giovani of the Ligurian region (specialist postgraduate courses in 3D/4D, FEM and CFD, hydrologist specialising in monitoring systems for marine weather events, specialist in integrated management systems)


Two-year research grants based on ESF Liguria regional funds

More than 40 projects to fund 80 two-year bursaries for young researchers, based on ESF Liguria regional funds, gradually depleting in 2015 with a total of €4m;

This has provided significant job opportunities for the young people involved, mostly in companies


Centre for Research and Innovation (PoloDLTM)

Fifty percent co-financed during the startup phase (2012-2014) from regional funds, and currently the subject of new infrastructure investment for 2015-2017. Among the main activities carried out in the first phase were the creation of research laboratories and of an innovation desk for SMEs, and the conclusion of a feasibility study by the International School of Marine Technology.



Cross-border project: Italy - Maritime France 2013 - 2015

SERENA 2.0. is a cross-border cooperation project between French and Italian regions (Genoa, La Spezia, Pisa, Lucca, Cagliari, Sassari and Ajaccio).

Its general objective is to develop two cross-border networks, one on employment and one on education and vocational training. It is intended to improve the quality and quantity of access to public services by citizens and companies, and to promote the expansion of training and employment opportunities. It involves specific action to stimulate cross-border mobility, encourage economic integration in the nautical sector, and institutional integration in the fields of active labour policies, education, and training.

One of the main objectives of Serena 2.0 is the creation of a cross-border network of highly specialised marine technology training centres, located in Liguria, Sardinia, Corsica, and Tuscany.

DLTM established a centre for Liguria, located in La Spezia, to provide training in vessel engineering and design. This is located at the ITS Nuove Tecnologie per il Made in Italy, at Via Doria 2. The Serena Laboratory is equipped with advanced nautical design hardware and software, including cloud-based applications developed as part of the INNAUTIC project.




Cross-border project: Italy - Maritime France 2013 - 2015

This project, started on 21 June 2013, will create monitoring system to measure wave motion in the province of La Spezia, via seismometers installed on the ground.

DLTM built the hardware and software infrastructure for the micro seismic monitoring network and the management of the data via a web interface.




Cross-border project: Italy - Maritime France 2007 - 2013

The project was launched in 2010 and mainly involves the realization of an innovative cloud-based platform allowing nautical companies around the Mediterranean to use advanced design technology.

Its objective was to create a network of technology districts in the regions of Liguria, Tuscany, Sardinia and Corsica, by creating a Mediterranean pole/cross-border cluster capable of delivering shared services and regional governance to assess and predict the real needs and exploit existing opportunities for the development of the nautical sector.

DLTM activities:

  • Development of web-based design resources available via the supercomputing laboratory
  • Hold seminars and other events to promote innovation and technology transfer
  • Support specialist spinoffs from the University of Genoa




A project of the maritime Italy and France cross-border cooperation programme, 2007-2013

Creation of networks and cooperation between enterprises.

The project operated within the cross-border cooperation programme to support the development and creation of networks and partnerships in the geographical area of PO Italia Francia Marittimo (Liguria, Corsica, Sardinia, Tuscany, and PACA) in the nautical, tourism, nanotechnology, energy, and green and blue biotechnology sectors.

The project was launched in November 2014 by a partnership consisting of Filse Spa, Unioncamere Liguria, Promocamera - Azienda Speciale della Camera di Commercio di Sassar, Chambre de Commerce et Industrie de la Haute Corse and Pontedera & Tecnologia - PONT - TECH.

In order to promote collaboration and relationships between companies in the regions involved, the partnership requested the involvement of the entire regional economic system.



  • Involvement of SMEs in further initiatives in the programme, which is in the process of definition.
  • Addition of Polish, German, French, Spanish and Finnish marine/maritime clusters.



“Researchers' Night” is an annual initiative promoted by the European Commission since 2005, involving thousands of researchers and institutions in all European countries.

The goal is to create opportunities for meeting between researchers and citizens to disseminate scientific culture and knowledge of the research professions. The events held throughout the region on 26 September 2014 consisted of scientific experiments and demonstrations, exhibitions and guided visits, conferences, seminars, shows, and concerts.

The venues for the La Spezia night in 2014 were located throughout the city. They were provided free of charge by the port authority, the city council, the Italian Naval Technology Museum, the U. Formentini Archaeological Museum, and the Contrappunto bookshop. The events were attended by 2,543 people, plus over 500 students who participated in activities dedicated to them.

The 2015 edition took place on 25 September at the navy arsenal, the Museo Tecnico Navale, the Circolo Ufficiale MMI, and the planetarium of the Istituto Capellini-Sauro.

DLTM is a partner in the project, led by the municipality of Genoa.



Financed by ENPI-CBC-MED funds, MEDSEATIES is a cross-border cooperation project that coordinates local action for the integrated management of coastal zones.

Duration: January 2014 - December 2015

DLTM is a partner in the project, led by AVITEM, France.

Financed by ENPI-CBC-MED funds, MEDSEATIES is a cross-border cooperation project that coordinates local action for the integrated management of coastal zones. The partnership is composed of 12 players from Italy, France, Greece, Lebanon, and Jordan.

The project is in an advanced state of implementation. After gathering data on the current state of coastal management in these five countries, the partnership is preparing a pilot project involving:

  1. A bottom-up approach to the management of a stretch of coastline (from citizens and stakeholders to institutions);
  2. An example of good practice that can be exported to other countries and financed under the new ENPI CBC MED 2014-2020 programme.


In Liguria, the pilot involved five municipalities along the coast of Genoa, the community of Prà, to the West of the city, and local amateur sports associations and educational and training bodies.


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