Future Internet in Horizon 2020: how to build a pan-European framework to support Innovation in SMEs

18 March 2015, Rome, Italy

Fostering effective collaboration between European and National Innovation Programmes

SAVE THE DATE: 18 March, Rome (Italy)
A one-day summit organized by the Italian National Research Council and supported by the XIFI project that will gather key players in the European scene to present and discuss how EC-driven programmes and National initiatives will boost innovation for Small and Medium Enterprises across Europe.

Starting from the H2020 framework, which actively supports SMEs by providing both direct financial support, and indirect support to increase their innovation capacity, the main goal of the summit is to discuss how coordinated actions between the European Commission and various National Programs can boost R&D and Innovation as key pillars of the European SMEs' ecosystem growth.


  • The event will gather a number of key decision makers in the European scene and National Institutions as invited speakers!
    • The opening will be given by Prof. Luigi Nicolais, President of the Italian National Research Council
    • Dr. Roberto Viola, Deputy Director General at DG CONNECT, European Commission, will provide an overview of the H2020 Innovation framework.
    • High-level representatives of the Italian, German and Austrian National Ministries of Research and Education will present the various national initiatives.
    • Other speakers to be confirmed will provide more insight into Future Internet activities and success stories.
  • Specific focus will be given to the Future Internet Private and Public Partnership SMEs' dedicated activities as a unique chance for stimulating Innovation in SMEs and improve their access to market.
  • Targeted stakeholders are:
    • decision makers of Public Authorities and Industry, including EC,
    • Industry Associations,
    • Regional Incubators,
    • Research Directorates of National Governments,
    • NRENs, etc.

Registration is for Free. Registration to attend the event is required, please proceed here. You will also find useful information about the venue.

Please don't hesitate to contact us for any further information at: info(at)piu-innovazione(dot)org