The ecosystem of NODES consists of 24 actors: 8 Universities, 6 Innovation Hubs, 5 Reference Research Centers, 3 Incubators, 1 Accelerator and 1 Competence Center. 

Each NODES partner is a key reference actor in their respective territory, bringing together activities, experiences and expertise in the fields of research and innovation.

Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino (PoliTO)

PoliTO, short for Politecnico di Torino, is the first engineering school in Italy and one of the most prominent European universities for education and research in engineering, architecture, design, and urban planning. Established in 1859, Politecnico di Torino is one of the oldest engineering institutes in Italy and has a long-standing tradition of excellence in technical and scientific education and research.

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Università degli Studi di Torino (UniTo)

UniTO, founded in 1404, is a major Italian university with a multidisciplinary approach and 27 departments. It boasts excellent education and research programs in the fields of science, economics, and social sciences.

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Università degli Studi dell'Insubria

The University of Insubria, established on July 14, 1998, is a young, modern, and dynamic public university with campuses in Como, Varese, and Busto Arsizio. It is renowned for its high-quality education and scientific research. According to the CENSIS ranking, it is the second-best university in Italy in terms of graduate employability. The University of Insubria places great emphasis on the quality of student education and scientific research as its pillars of excellence.

Università della Valle D'Aosta
Università della Valle d’Aosta

The University of Valle d'Aosta promotes the sciences and higher education with a strong focus on cultural growth and the development of the Aosta Valley territory.

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Università del Piemonte Orientale

UPO, which stands for Università del Piemonte Orientale, is a young multicampus university in Italy. It is known for its competitiveness and high academic standards, providing students with opportunities to enter the workforce and engage in innovative endeavors.

Università di Pavia
Università degli Studi di Pavia

The University of Pavia, founded in 1361, holds the top position in the CENSIS ranking of large Italian universities. It focuses on several key pillars, including education, scientific research, third mission activities (knowledge transfer to society), sustainability, and international collaboration.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)

The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart) is composed of four campuses and twelve faculties, making it the largest non-state university in Europe. 

Università Scienze Gastronomiche
Università di Scienze Gastronomiche (UNISG)

L'Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche (University of Gastronomic Sciences) is an international leader in the study, transmission, and innovation of knowledge in the field of gastronomic sciences.

Innovation Hubs
Environment Park
Environment Park (EnviPark)

EnviPark is the Technology Park of Turin, a hub for green technology innovation. Its activities are divided into Real Estate Services and Innovation and Development.

Fondazione Piemonte Innova
Fondazione Piemonte Innova (FPI)

FPI aims to support the most promising companies in developing business strategies and research projects, fostering dialogue between research and innovation, businesses, and finance.


Proplast is a technological center focused on research and innovation in the field of polymers and composites. Its mission is to create a multidisciplinary network that integrates the industrial and academic worlds. Established in 1998, Proplast operates as a Cluster and brings together 166 companies, 7 industrial associations, and 12 academic members. 

Bioindustry Park Silvano Fumero S.p.A., Società Benefit - bioPmed

Bioindustry Park is a scientific and technological park specializing in life sciences, human health, and medical care. It manages the regional innovation hub called bioPmed.

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M.I.A.C. S.c.p.a. - Polo AGRIFOOD

M.I.A.C. Scpa is a service company for the agri-food sector and the managing entity of the AGRIFOOD Innovation Hub in the Piedmont region.

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Città Studi Biella

Città Studi di Biella was founded through the initiative of local institutions and entrepreneurial associations with the aim of promoting the technical-scientific development of the Biella industry.

Research centers
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Leading Innovation & Knowledge for Society (LINKS)

LINKS is a Foundation created by Compagnia di San Paolo and PoliTO, and it operates in the field of applied research, innovation, and technology transfer in support of local territories.

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Fondazione Montagna Sicura

The Fondazione Montagna Sicura (Mountain Safety Foundation) dedicates its activities to the study of phenomena and issues related to the mountain environment.

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Ospedale Maggiore della Carità di Novara

Le missioni dell’Azienda riguardano le attività assistenziali, di didattica, di ricerca di base e clinica. 

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IRCCS – Istituto Auxologico Italiano di Piancavallo

The mission of Auxologico is to provide the most up-to-date, effective, and personalized healthcare, transferring the advancements of scientific research to diagnostic and hospital activities.

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ERSAF (Ente per i servizi ai settori agricoltura e foreste di Regione Lombardia)

ERSAF - Regional Agency for Agriculture and Forestry Services of Lombardy Region; in accordance with its founding law (regional law 31/2008), it carries out activities of research, experimentation, and innovation transfer.

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Incubatore Imprese Innovativo Politecnico di Torino (I3P)

The mission of I3P is to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem to enhance economic growth and employment in highly innovative sectors.

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2i3T is the company responsible for managing the Business Incubator and Technology Transfer of the University of Turin. It is a limited liability consortium company owned by the University of Turin, the Metropolitan City of Turin, Finpiemonte SpA, and the Links Foundation.

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Comonext – Innovation Hub

ComoNExT is a Digital Innovation Hub and startup incubator that has the ability to attract innovative companies.

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OGR Torino

The OGR Turin is a unique hub of culture and innovation in Europe, dedicated to artistic, musical, technological, and entrepreneurial experimentation.

Competence Center
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Competence Industry Manufacturing 4.0 (CIM 4.0)

CIM4.0, selected through a call for proposals by the Ministry of Economic Development (now MIMIT), is a highly specialized national competence center that provides guidance, technical support, and continuous training on Industry 4.0 topics.