APRE is a non-profit research organisation, created upon the joint initiative of the Italian Ministry of Research and the European Commission in 1989, and grouping together more than 100 member organisations, including both public and private research centres, industries, industrial associations, chambers of commerce, science parks and 50 universities, with the main objective to promote the participation on national and European RTD programmes. Coming from the FP3, as well the subsequent ones (FP4, FP5 and FP6) and now in FP7 APRE has been appointed by the Italian Ministry of Research and the European Commission as host organization of the Italian National Contact Points for all the themes and sectors as well as expert of the ICT Thematic group in the CIP Programme by the Ministry of Innovation and Technologies. APRE hosts the National Contact Points for ‘Transport (including aeronautics)’, as well as one of the experts of the concerned Programme Committee.
APRE is involved in the ACARE ITALIA (Italian Technology platform for Aeronautics). Following its involvement in several ETIs, SSAs and CSAs dealing with transport both in FP6 and FP7 (ETISMARLAND, EUROTRANS Days, TranSMES, etc.), APRE is currently partner of ETNA (European Transport National Contact Points Alliance), SMEAEROPOWER (European Network to Support the Aeronautics Transport SMEs) and CANNAPE (Network aiming at improving scientific collaboration between Europe and Canada in Aeronautics field), all funded under FP7. Starting from 1st January 2013, APRE will be the coordinator of the ETNA Plus (European Transport Network Alliance Plus) a 3 year coordination action that will build upon the activities and knowledge acquired in the ongoing project European Transport NCP Alliance (ETNA) with a new and wider approach reflecting the new political context and the priority given to Europe 2020 and to the Horizon 2020 objectives.
For further information, visit the website: http://www.apre.it/