Marine Biotechnology in Italy

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Overarching science strategies, plans and policies

Italy does not have a dedicated Marine Biotechnology strategy, plan or policy. Overarching Italian Science and Technology Policy for the period 2011-2013 is described in Programma Nazionale della Ricerca. The marine research component of this Strategy is further developed in the Italian Research for the Sea Programme managed by Ministry of Education, University and Research.

  • Italian National Research Programme 2011-2013 [1]
  • RITMARE is a national programme which promote marine research, including Biotechnologies[2]

Research funding schemes and programmes

There are a range of relevant funding schemes and programmes which may provide financial support for marine biotechnology research, including:

  • Funding scheme [3]
  • National Research programmes [4]
  • PON National Operative Programme from the Ministry of Education Universities and Research, Ministry of Economy Development to promote research–industry collaboration at national level[5]
  • POR REGIONAL OPERATIVE PROGRAMME to promote research–industry collaboration at regional level[6]
  • PRIN NATIONAL INTEREST RESEARCH PROGRAMME [7]
  • FIRB to promote Fundamental Research [7]
  • FAR to promote Industrial Research [7]
  • FNI to support Entreprises innovation [8]

Research priorities for marine biotechnology research

  • Human, animal and environment health
  • Industrial Biotechnologies (Bio-processes)
  • Bio-prospecting

Strategic documents

  • BioinItaly report , a document which report a detailed analyses of Biotechnologies in Italy, sectors, funding, trend (09/05/2012 will be published the updated version)[9]
  • Guideline for the development of biotechnologies in Italy[10]
  • Industial Biotechnology in Italy, initiative and policies [11]

Infrastructures and coordination and support capacities / initiatives

  • National Committee for Biosafety, Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CNBBSV) [12]
  • Cluster Applied Biotechnologies[13]
  • National Centre for Biological resources [14]
  • Useful links for Italian research infrastructure and support initiatives for biotechnology research : [15]
  • In 2012, Italy operates 12 local/coastal vessels from 10m to 42,40 m; 2 regional vessels of 35,3m and 44,8m (Universitatis, Dallaporta); 1 oceanic of 61,3m (Urania); and 2 global vessels of 72,63 and 130m (Italica, OGS-Explora) registered at the European Research Vessels Infobase [16].
  • In 2012, Italy maintains about 3 large marine research equipments registered in the European large Exchangeable instruments database [16].
  • Key aquaculture experimental and research facilities in Italy include
  • Rearing installations (Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico)
  • Marine Aquaculture and fisheries research centre (Universita del Salento)

Major initiatives

n/a

References

  1. http://www.miur.it/Documenti/ricerca/pnr_2011_2013/PNR_2011-2013_23_MAR_2011_web.pdf
  2. http://www.mit.gov.it/mit/mop_all.php?p_id=06444
  3. http://www.ditt.de/atlas/it/node/2/view
  4. http://www.istruzione.it/web/ricerca/home
  5. http://www.ponrec.it
  6. http://www.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it/
  7. 7,0 7,1 7,2 http://www.miur.it
  8. http://www.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it/
  9. http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/BioInItaly-report_2011/$FILE/BioInItaly_2011.pdf
  10. http://www.osservatoriobiotec.it/Store/LineeGuidaCNBBinglese.pdf
  11. http://www.bio-economy.net/bioeconomy/member_states/italy/files/report_italy_final01.pdf
  12. http://www.governo.it/biotecnologie/organizzazione.html
  13. http://www.sardegnaricerche.it
  14. http://www.cnrb.it/
  15. http://www.biotechinitaly.com/web/Rubriche.aspx?rubrica=Links
  16. 16,0 16,1 http://www.eurocean.org

Disclaimer

This draft country profile is based on available online information sources and contributions from various country experts and stakeholders. It does not aim nor claim to be complete or final, but should be considered as a dynamic and living information resource that will be elaborated, updated and improved as more information becomes available, including further inputs from experts and stakeholders.

The information on this page is based on information initially compiled by the European Marine Board as part of the CSA MarineBiotech Project activities (2011-2013).