Support for certain universities (University and Polytechnic of Turin, University of Eastern Piedmont, University of Naples "Federico II") carries on from last year in compliance with the Agreements in force for the 2016-2018 three-year period, while results of the agreements are being evaluated in view of their expiry in 2018.

In addition to an assessment of the work done so far in terms of impact on universities and territory, a discussion with the relevant interlocutors is being promoted to channel resources towards actions functional to the challenges of the 2019-21 three-year period. The first of these is the launch of the 9th Framework Programme.