APRE, Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (Italy)is a no-profit research organization and was created in 1989 as a joint initiative of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and some public and private bodies in order to meet the growing demand for information on European research programmes. First reality of its kind, APRE’
mission is supporting the scientific and the industrial community along the path to Europe and beyond, by providing information, training and assistance activities on the participation rules of the
Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. APRE is at the heart of a network of more than 130 members from the academia to private sector, including: Public and Private Research centres, Universities, Scientific Parks, Public Administrations, Trade associations, Finance, Chambers of Commerce, Technological Districts, enterprises. APRE can rely on this network to enhance and foster exchange of experiences and best practices and to ensure a sound advocacy for its members at national and European level.
APRE is member of the Enterprise Europe Network (more than 600-member organisations involved) helping SMEs to make the most of the European marketplace. APRE counts on more than 65.000 users registered in its database including both public and private research centres, more than 50 universities, industries (10.000 of which related to SMEs), industrial associations, chambers of commerce, science parks and civil society organisations.
APRE has a long-lasting experience in the EC Framework Programmes: during its almost 30 years of activities APRE has been participating to more than 150 projects co-financed by the European Commission (DG Research, DG Education, DG HOME, DG GROWTH, DG CONNECT and DG Enterprise), mainly for supporting and coordinating research in Europe and beyond through policy recommendations, organization of events and performing trainings. In the Seventh Framework Programme and in Horizon 2020, APRE has been appointed by the Italian Ministry of Research as host organization of the Italian National Contact Points for all the themes and sectors. APRE is partner or coordinator in all the 17 NCPs Network projects in both FP7 and H2020.