CNR-ITIA, as a promoter of industrial innovation, performs strategic activities of scientific research and technological development to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of Italian and European manufacturing industries.
The RTD activities of the institute aim at innovating products, processes and organisation in several research areas. Further strategic activities of ITIA are: the management of international programmes and projects (e.g. Eureka Factory DNA Programme, EUROShoE project within the Growth Programme of the FP5, CEC-made-shoe project within the FP6); a permanent Observatory for Technologies of foresight studies on strategic needs for technological innovation in the main manufacturing sectors; services for enterprises and innovation to validate industrial prototypes and solutions of manufacturing problems; education and training through schools (e.g. Master in Industrial Research); RTD projects, forums and seminars for disseminating the manufacturing culture.