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An overview of the R&D and innovation support strategies and policies promoted and implemented by the Regional Government of Sardinia, Sardegna Ricerche and its partners in the fields of ICTs, biotecnologies, RES and other sectors.
In the ICT field, Sardinia played a groundbreaking role in Italy. The stimulus provided by CRS4, the research centre founded by Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia, and the pioneering initiatives of Video On Line and Tiscali were the key factors that ushered Sardinia into the Information Society and introduced a new knowledge and innovation-based economy, laying the foundation for this sector’s development. Therefore the Regional Government places great emphasis on knowledge-fostering policies and has adopted measures addressing the reorganization of PA tools and competencies, the creation of large-scale IT infrastructures and networks and the implementation of IT sectoral projects in order to make Sardinia a model of excellence in ICT application.
The 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity defined biotechnology as: "Any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use". This definition includes both the traditional techniques used for instance to make cheese and wine, and the advanced techniques used to modify living organisms (such as plants and animals, through genetic manipulation. According to a recent report by Assobiotec, Sardinia ranks sixth among the regions of Italy for number of biotech enterprises and is number one in southern Italy. This is a sign of the dynamism of life science and biotechnology on the island.
The Region of Sardinia's energy policy rests on three pillars: reduced energy costs, environmental sustainability and use of new technologies. In particular the Region is pursuing the following objectives: ensure grid stability and energy security through the strengthening of energy infrastructure, upgrade the energy system to match the requirements of the regional production system, diversify the energy mix to ensure efficient supply, decrease reliance on oil products, ensure compatibility of power production and distribution with environmental protection requirements and harmonise the structure of energy grids.
Other sectors
Over the years, Sardegna Ricerche and its partners have implemented regional innovation policies in traditional sectors of the island economy such as tourism, textiles, handicrafts and agrifood. Through various types of integrated programmes and projects, they have helped SMEs access innovation and management support services, granting financial aid for the acquisition of such services and providing targeted assistance.