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‘Unique’ scheme seeks to focus Italy’s researchers on applications

Fisa programme will push community towards “disruptive” innovation, says research minister

Italy’s government is looking to strengthen industrial-focused research in the country with a funding scheme for applied sciences that research minister Maria Cristina Messa believes is unique in all of Europe.

The inaugural call of the newly created fund for applied sciences (Fondo italiano per le scienze applicate, or Fisa) opened earlier this month for projects in any area of science, offering multi-year grants of between €1 million and €5m. It is focused on research with industrial applications, and will run alongside the established Italian Science Fund for fundamental research. 

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