CNP Projects - Research initiatives for technologies and innovative paths in the field of assistance and healthcare

The University of Bologna’s project relates to the investment: "Research initiatives for technologies and innovative paths in the field of assistance and healthcare" (National Complementary Plan CNP investment I.1 - Complementarity with M4C2 under the NRRP).

This measure is one of the initiatives jointly promoted by the Italian Ministry of University and Research and Ministry of Health, as described in the guidelines issued on 28/2/2022.

Its goal is systematic, innovative implementation of enabling technologies in healthcare to improve the diagnosis, monitoring, care and rehabilitation of specific previously identified target communities.

Projects should address the following issues in particular:

  • robotics and digital tools
  • remote monitoring
  • process re-engineering
  • data mining

The notice was published by Italy’s Ministry of Universities and Research on 6/6/2022, with a total budget of  500,000,000 Euro, to be allocated to four-year (2023-2026) initiatives with a budge of between 75 and 150 million Euro.

The projects must respond to the need to exploit digital, information, big data and artificial intelligence technologies, sensor technology, robotics and technology-driven process re-engineering as enabling and determining factors for the realisation of new care and organisational models in healthcare networks and systems.

The University of Bologna’s project

The University has submitted the following project as a proposer:

DARE – Digital Lifelong Prevention

  • Theme: Data Mining
  • Proposer: ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna
  • Scientific coordinator for the University of Bologna: Prof. Lorenzo Chiari
  • Funding: € 124.000.000


The 'DARE - DIGITAL LIFELONG PREVENTION' Initiative, financed by the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research as a complementary investment under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, is aimed at creating and developing a connected and distributed knowledge community that fosters the emergence of models and solutions for surveillance, prevention and promotion of health and safety, among the general population as well as specific segments of the population who stand to benefit the most from the potential offered by digital technologies, such as workers, minors, pregnant women and chronically ill patients, helping to bridge social and territorial disparities in the provision of integrated social and medical services.

The study will produce, collect and systematically organise the multidisciplinary (technical, ethical/legal and organisational) knowledge and solutions needed to establish Italy as a leader in the field of prevention-focused digital healthcare.

The initiative focuses on the promotion of preventive actions enabled by digital technologies and big data with significant potential to improve the readiness and accuracy of key public health tasks such as prediction, surveillance, early diagnosis and response to acute and chronic diseases, including co-morbidities, and health-related conditions of all kinds, within a life-course perspective.

Consortium members

Universities and research institutes

  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
  • Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Università degli Studi di Palermo
  • Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro"
  • Università degli Studi di Parma
  • Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"
  • Azienda USL della Romagna
  • Azienda Sanitaria Locale di Bari
  • Università degli Studi di Padova
  • IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli
  • IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Bologna Policlinico Sant’Orsola
  • Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Gemelli IRCCS
  • Istituto Tumori Bari “Giovanni Paolo II” IRCCS
  • Azienda Ospedale - Università Padova
  • Policlinico Tor Vergata
  • Azienda USL di Bologna – IRCCS Istituto delle Scienze Neurologiche
  • Libera Università degli Studi di Enna “Kore”
  • Azienda Sanitaria Locale Roma 1
  • Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente – Sicilia
  • Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Policlinico “G. Rodolico – San Marco”

Private actors

  • BI-REX - Big Data Innovation & Research Excellence
  • Exprivia S.p.A.
  • Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.
  • Leithà S.r.l.
  • Fondazione GIMBE
  • Maria Cecilia Hospital S.p.A.
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Italy S.r.l.

Project structure

  • Spoke 1 – Enabling Factors and Technologies for a Lifelong Digital Prevention (leader: UNIBO)
  • Spoke 2 – Community-based Digital Primary Prevention (leader: UNIPA)
  • Spoke 3 – Digitally-enabled Secondary and Tertiary Prevention (UNIROMA2)

The University of Bologna participates in spoke 1 (leader), spoke 2

CNP Projects