The regional call "Promoting the creation of Digital Innovation Hubs" aimed at inducing the development of DIHs fundamental for the regional I4.0 transformation
The Marche Region intends to trace its path to Industry 4.0 in order to adapt its production system to the innovative approach represented by the "smart factory", taking into account local peculiarities and the need to combine the traditional skills and knowledge of the manufacturing and artisan world with new digital technologies.
Aware that - first of all - it is necessary to systematize the skills disseminated throughout the territory, the Marche Region in 2019 launched the regional call "Promoting the creation and development of Digital Innovation Hubs in the regional territory" aimed at inducing the development of those territorial infrastructures fundamental for the success of the regional transformation process, that is the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs).
The DIHs constitute the real "gateway" for companies to access the world of Industry 4.0. In fact, they provide them with services to:
• introduce 4.0 technologies,
• develop digital transformation projects,
• access the regional, national and European innovation ecosystems.
The regional call was also intended to be part of the European Commission's strategy which provides for the establishment of a European inventory where no more than one DIH will be recognized for each region. To this end, the notice provided for a system of rewarding for those DIHs that were promoted by at least two different trade associations, with a view to rationalizing these subjects.
For the implementation of the regional call the Marche Region has made available a total amount of 800,000 euros from regional resources allocated according to the regional Law n. 25/2018 on "Enterprise 4.0: Innovation, research and training”.
Evidence of success
At the end of the procedure:
• 5 applications were received by almost all the most representative Trade Associations;
• 3 out of 5 have been presented by aggregate promoters;
• for a total amount of contributions requested of € 997,715.11 and total costs of investment for € 1,374,275.18.
All the applications received were admitted for funding and all the projects were launched in 2020.
Potential for learning or transfer
The 5 DIHs created thanks to this call, along with the technological universities of the Marche, 2 regional Competence Centres and the Marche Region Chamber of Commerce have connected together to form the eDIH4Marche Hub created to participate to the European call within the "Digital Europe Programme".
The eDIH4Marche Innovation Hub was set up with the aspiration to:
promote the acceleration of the digital transformation of the Marche production system, through the provision of innovative specialized services.
become the main point of reference for the Marche economic territory on the theme of Digital Transformation.
strengthen the collaborations and synergies between regional and European and/or international level
On 24th September 2020 the eDIH4Marche Innovation Hub submitted the application form to participate to the call “Digital Europe Programme”.