Fincantieri has been participating for years in projects funded at European level, starting with the FP6 programme.

In Europe


  • FLOWIS (FLOW IN SERVICE); The project aims to develop hydrodynamic investigation techniques to analyse the performance of military vessels' propeller thrusters under 'off-design' conditions. EU funding 271,000 euro
  • SRA UPDATE (Captech MARITIME SRA update); The project aims to improve offshore structure security by developing underwater guide and control systems and by boosting intelligence and monitoring capability for ships, submarines and autonomous vessels. EU funding 20,000 euro


  • LeanSHIPS (Low Energy And Near to zero emissions Ships); "Innovation Action" aiming at analyzing innovative demonstrators to make new and existing ships more efficient and less polluting. Participant contract n. 636146; EU funding 1,563,000 euro
  • HOLISHIP (HOLIstic optimisation of SHIP design and operation for life cycle); "Research and Innovation Action" aiming at minimising the total cost of the ship over its life cycle. Participant contract n. 689074; CUP G32C16000150006; EU funding 520,000 euro
  • RAMSSES (Realisation and Demonstration of Advanced Material Solutions for Sustainable and Efficient Ships); "Innovation Action" aiming at identifying advanced materials in the European maritime industry. Participant contract n. 723246; CUP G32C17000240004; EU funding 581,000 euro
  • FLARE (FLooding Accident REsponse); “Research and Innovation Action” aiming at developing a Risk-Based methodology for 'live' flooding risk assessment for passenger ships. Participant contract n. 814753; CUP G92C19000140006; EU funding 305,812.50 euro
  • ECHO (European network of Cybersecurity centres and competence Hub for innovation and Operations); "Research and Innovation action" aiming at developing a new coordinated and integrated approach in order to proactively increase the EU cyberdefense, through efficient tran-sectional partnerships. Participant contract n. 830943; CUP G92C19000150006; EU funding 585,000 euro
  • SAFEMODE (Strengthening synergies between Aviation and maritime in the area of human Factors towards achieving more Efficient and resilient MODEs of transportation): the main aim of the project is to develop a novel HUman Risk Informed Design (HURID) framework in order to identify, collect and assess Human Factors data to provide properly risk-based systems design and operative procedures. Participant contract n. 814961. EU funding 252,000 euros
  • STASHH (Standard-Sized Heavy-duty Hydrogen): The project aims to achieve modularity on a European standard for fuel cell units for both land and maritime transport. Participant contract n. 101005934. EU Funding 31.937,5 euro
  • SATURN (Solutions @ Underwater Radiated Noise): the project, active in the radiated noise reduction of noise field, aims to develop innovative simulation models, technological solutions and approaches to real-scale measurements, contributing to the definition of new standards. Participant contract n. 101006443. EU funding 375.687,5 euro
  • SEA-BAT (Solutions for largE bAtteries for waterBorne trAnsporT): the project aims to develop a full-electric maritime concept based on combining modular high-energy and high-power batteries, novel converter concepts and solutions derived from the automotive sector. Participant contract n. 963560.  EU funding 801.000 euro.
  • GATER (GATE Rudder System as a Retrofit for the Next Generation Propulsion and Steering of Ships): the action objective is the development, assessment and demonstration of an innovative system able to increase the ship efficiency in terms of propulsion and manoeuvrability, through a direct test on an existing vessel. Participant contract n. 860337. EU funding 297.850 euro

Framework Programme 7 (FP7)

•    GOALDS (GOAL Based Damage Stability), “Small or medium-scale focused research project” which enabled the introduction of a “Risk Based Design” methodology, now considered as a design objective rather than a constraint imposed by regulations (Design for Safety). Participant, contract no. 233876

•    STARNETRegio (STARring a trans-national NETwork of REGIOnal research-driven marine clusters), “CSA-SA” for the definition of a shared R&D agenda between the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Slovenia and the county of Rijeka (Croatia). Participant, contract no.  204961

•    BESST (Breakthrough in European Ship and Shipbuilding Technologies), “Large-scale integrating project” for the introduction of innovative technologies and solutions for the design, construction and analysis of the ship’s entire life cycle. Coordinator, contract no. 233980

•    MOSAIC (Materials Onboard: Steel Advancements and Integrated Composites), “Small or medium-scale focused research project” concerning new structural solutions for ships. Participant, contract no. 314037

•    GRIP (Green Retrofitting through Improved Propulsion), “Small or medium-scale focused research project” with the aim of reducing fuel consumption in ships by optimising the hull. Participant, contract no. 284905

•    MESA (Maritime Europe Strategy Action - FOSTER Waterborne), “Support action” for the definition of an R&I strategy for the transport sector in the EU. Participant, contract no. 604857

•    JOULES (Joint Operation for Ultra Low Emission Shipping), “Collaborative project” with the aim of reducing polluting emissions from ships built in Europe. Participant, contract no. 605190

Framework Programme 6 (FP6)

 •    INMARE (Technologies and Methodologies for Safe, Environmental-friendly and Efficient Shipping Operations of the future), “Coordination action” with the aim of creating, coordinating and integrating different working groups capable of assessing the state of the art and identifying scientific development strategies. Participant, contract no. 506427

•    SHIPMATES (SHIPrepair to MAintain Transport which is Environmentally Sustainable), “Specific Targeted Research Project” which aims to develop a new technological roadmap to increase productivity and efficiency while reducing costs. Participant, contract no. 506606

•    FLAGSHIP (European Framework for Safe, Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Ship Operations), “Integrated Project” which aims to improve safety in European maritime transport and make it more environmentally friendly by studying on-board systems and procedures, ship management systems on shore, communication interfaces and impact of new technologies, standards and regulations. Participant, contract no. 31406

•    MC-WAP (Molten-carbonate fuel Cells for Waterborne APplication), “Integrated Project” on the study of applications of the Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells technology on-board large vessels. Participant, contract no. 19973

•    InterSHIP (Integrated collaborative design and production of cruise vessels, passenger ships and RoPax), “Integrated Project” on the application of advanced design and manufacturing techniques. Participant, contract no. 506127

•    SAFEDOR (Design, operation and regulation for safety), “Integrated Project” which aims to improve the safety of maritime transport by transforming safety as a ship design objective and the introduction of risk-assessment techniques. Participant, contract no. 516278


  • LOGISTICS OF THE FUTURE: the project aims to use innovative technologies capable of rationalizing and improving the life cycle of the ship product. Substantial improvements are expected in industrial processes, on-board operations and ship's operational capabilities after delivery. The purpose of the initiative is to provide the End User with new tools to support daily activities, focusing them especially on inspection, maintenance and equipment management on board. Funding 1.449.000 euro
  • FC (Fuel Cell system for surface vessels): the project aims to develop a modular Fuel Cell system suitable for naval vessel applications, derived from solutions currently applied in other industrial sectors. The feasibility will be demonstrated on shore by means of a suitable low power Proof of Concept. The demonstrator will enable the connection to the on-board electrical network of a surface vessel in order to power one or more equipment. CUP ZB10090992; funding 3.061.000,00 €
  • ECO (Energy Consumption Optimization): the project aims to study innovative architectures and equipment to improve the overall efficiency of the electrical network of surface naval vessels and monitor their consumption. The objective will be pursued through the integration of technologies and configurations of alternative systems purchasable from the naval and industrial market. A software simulator will also be provided to estimate energy savings in the event of the introduction of the new technologies. CUP ZB10090992; contributo 539.000,00 €
  • WASS (Winning A Sea State): the project aims to develop engineering methods and tools to allow surface vessels to operate safely in higher sea states than is currently feasible. CUP ZB10090992; contributo 2.015.000,00 €
  • The project DS (Digital Ship) aims to develop cost-effective simulation tools over the entire life span of the ship, intended to improve the processes of design, decision support and predictive maintenance, through the reduction of experimental tests. CUP: ZB10090992 FUNDING: 3.493.000,00 €


  • OCEAN2020 (Open Cooperation for European mAritime awareNess); The project aims to introduce and increase the use of situational awareness concepts in the maritime environment. Participant contract n. 801697; CUP G32C18000480006; EU funding 250,000 euro
  • DEW on Ship (Study on the use of Directed Energy Weapons on Board Naval Ships Against Unmanned Vehicles): the project aims to analyse direct energy weapons and their on-board applicability in  anti-UAV, anti-USV e anti-FIAC scenarios. EU funding 18.000 euro
  • INTERACT: the project aims at studying the command, communication and control system of UxV drones and the development of both the infrastructure for the communication with unmanned vehicles and the logics of functional integration with naval platforms. EU funding 40.000 euro


  • EALING (European flagship Action for cold ironing in ports): the project aims to accelerate the effective deployment of On-shore Power Supply (OPS) solutions in the EU maritime ports. EU funding 60.000 euro


  • GREENSHIP (Toward zero ship emission): the project aims to develop an e-learning course for the training of a new figure on board the ship: the "Emission Manager" in compliance with the new IMO requirements.EU funding 34.924 euro


  • SEA DEFENCE (Survivability, Electrification, Automation, Detectability, Enabling Foresight of European Naval Capabilities in Extreme Conditions): SEA Defense is a feasibility study aimed at defining a roadmap of technologies to be included in next generation of naval platforms in relation to emerging threats. The activities will focus on reduction of signatures, increasing of the survivability against new threats, improvement of the operability in extreme conditions, enhancement of electrical generation and storage systems, integration of innovative radar antennas on topside and increasing in the level of automation. CUP G32C20001170004; EU funding 481.371,26 €



  • ISDM (Data and Process model for smart ship production); The project aims to increase the design process efficiency and integration, in relation to downstream activities (supply chain, procurement, production and after sales). Moreover, the project aims to renovate the support technical systems; Funding 1,500,000 euro
  • SIPS (R123) (Innnovative solutions for Satellite Platforms): the project, co-funded by Regione Valle d'Aosta, aims to the development of an articulated arm for space applications, consisting of its own HW and SW complex, functionally suitable for positioning in 3D space and pointing according to an assigned direction an object carried by a satellite. Funding 914,000 euro
  • CYMON: the project, funded by the START 4.0 competence centre, aims to develop an hybrd platform – desktop/wearable - (HMD) enabling the integration of an environmental information model (DIGITAL TWIN) by means of augmented reality (AR). Funding 65.145 euro
  • TecBIA (Environmentally sustainable technologies for on-board power production); The project aims to build a 25 m ship-laboratory in order to study environmentally sustainable technologies for on-board power production. CUP n. B98I17000680008; Funding 5,077,000 euro
  • Marghera shipyard production process innovation: project focused on the achievement of recent requirements for yards and infrastructure in order to optimize the building phases of large ship sections in Marghera shipyard by the review of the layout and the production process. Funding to be defined. 
  • Monfalcone shipyard production process innovation: the project has the strategic goal to significantly innovate the cruise ships production process focusing on efficiency and quality of the sections mounting and outfitting in order to reduce basin hold timings. Funding 2,956,000 euros
  • STESS (Systems and technologies to improve after sales services): the project focuses on the development of technologies, guidelines and processes to prospectively set up the offer and the delivery of a complete after sales service in bundle with Fincantieri products. CUP n. B91B19000540008; Funding 2,339,000 euros
  • GreenCruise (Development and testing of new tools, processes and methodologies improving the products sustainability): the proget aims to developo technologies, design and buildng procedeures and to produce and prototype of several solutions to be tested and assessed in order to improve the the sustainability and the safety of the next-generation of the large cruise-ships. Funding 2,690,000 euro

Ministry of Transport (MIT)

  • "Agorà" cruise ship: The project aims, through industrial research and experimental development, to define a cruise ship capable of enhancing the proximity to the sea and ready to be used in new geographical areas and / or markets. CNR and the main Italian universities supported in carrying out of activities with the greatest content of fundamental research. Partially financed with funds under the call L. 190/2014 and DM 10/06/2015.
  • Technological Leadership: The project aims, through fundamental and industrial research, and experimental development activities, to acquire new advanced knowledge to be applied in future marine applications and the development of enabling technologies aimed at strengthening Fincantieri's technological leadership. CNR and the main Italian universities supported in carrying out of activities with the greatest content of fundamental research. Partially financed with funds under the call L. 190/2014 and DM 10/06/2015.
  • "Project XL" cruise ship: The project aims, through industrial research, experimental development and feasibility studies, to define an innovative large cruise ship with a gross tonnage of approximately 180.000 GRT and capable of accommodating more than 6.300 passengers and 1.800 crew members.
    Partially financed with funds under the call L. 190/2014 and DM 10/06/2015. 
  • Ice Breaker Ship for Oceanographic Research: The project relates to the definition of a new class of ships with a gross tonnage of approximately 9.000 tons, an overall length of 100 m and approximately 21 m wide, in which approximately 55 crew and researchers will be accommodated. CNR and the main Italian universities supported in carrying out of activities with the greatest content of fundamental research. Partially financed with funds under the call L. 190/2014 and DM 10/06/2015.
  • "Project Virgin" cruise ship: The project aims, through industrial research, experimental development and feasibility studies, to define a new class of ships, able to completely renew the cruise experience, thanks to original layout and new solutions offering entertainment and comfort, for both passengers and crew. Partially financed with funds under the call L. 190/2014 and DM 10/06/2015.
  • Motor yacht over 100m in length: The project aims, through industrial research and experimental development, to redefine a prototype of a large Motor Yacht, collecting cutting-edge solutions enabling experiencing the marine environment with the highest standards of luxury, comfort and safety. Partially financed with funds under the call L. 190/2014 and DM 10/06/2015.

Ministry of Education, Research and University (MUR)

  • PIXIS - Integrated mast for the military ship system
  • PRODIFCON - Definition of a tool that provides decision support to the command team
  • The project RAISE (ROBOTICS AND AI FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT) aims to support the development of an innovation ecosystem based on the scientific and technological domains of AI and Robotics, focusing on the needs of a specific regional context, namely the Liguria Region. CUP: B93D21010850004 FUNDING: 1.234.500,00 €
  • TRIM (Technology and Industrial Research for marine mobility); The project aims to improve and develop new and existing technologies in order to make hull and propulsion system more efficient. An additional project objective is to achieve running resistance reduction on passenger ships. CUP n.  B58F13000410008; Contribution 789,000 euro
  • ARES (Marine support platform for air and underwater drones); The project aims to increase the operational capabilities of a maritime platform through a cooperative system for surface and underwater drones. CUP n.  B36G18001060008; Funding 200,000 euro
  • TEOREMA (Technological Solutions for Multipurpose Energy Offshore Platforms); The project will enable to design and test innovative offshore energy technologies, through the development of new concepts for technological advanced platforms for: solar power; eolic power; wave power; MFC technologies. CUP n.  B86G16000450001; Funding 68,000 euro
  • THALASSA (TecHnology And materials for safe Low consumption And low life cycle cost veSSels And crafts): the project aims to study and to develop innovative technologies and advanced materials intended to be employed in the shipyards supply chain in order to satisfy needs raised by companies involved in the project and by challenges set by European, national and regional programs dealing with smart, green and integrated maritime transportations. The approach is based on two key elements: sustainability, related to performances, and life cycle analysis. Materials, building systems and processes, on which the project is focused, will undergo an innovation process aimed to improve the current technological state of art. CUP n.  B46C18000720005; Funding 353,000 euros

National Military Research Plan (PNRM)

  • DECEIVING PROP; The project aims to introduce acoustic camouflage techniques
  • Far Seas; The project aims to support the use of lithium batteries for submarines
  • UPV; The project aims to develop new technologies for autonomous patrol vessels. Funding 192,000 euro
  • AIP: the project aims to develop a production and management system of synthetic air. Funding 283,000 euro
  • DECEIVING PROP – Step 2: project aimed to study generation and propagation mechanisms of noise irradiated by propellers working the in a ship wake and to provide a diagnostic supporting tool for hydro-acoustical and noise propagation issues. Funding 174,000 euros
  • AVNT _ FASE 1 (Advanced Virtual Naval Theatre  –  Poligono di Tiro Mobile Navale): AVNT is a semiautomatic system for measuring the points of drop of projectiles fired from a ship for the evaluation of shooting performance in blue water. The solution consists in a set of naval gyro-stabilized electro-optical turrets, a communication subsystem and a control panel, and constitutes an aid to the development of on-board armaments independently of coastal polygons, range limitations and favoring higher detection accuracy of the bullet drop point. Funding 549,000 euro
  • FAR-SEAS 3: the project aims to increase the underwater and operational autonomy of submarine units. Funding 297.000 euro
  • AVNT _ FASE 2 e 3 (Advanced Virtual Naval Theatre –  Poligono di Tiro Mobile Navale): AVNT is a semiautomatic system for measuring the points of drop of projectiles fired from a ship for the evaluation of shooting performance in deep water. In particular, during PHASE II activities will focus on the design and development of the Centralized Operational Console (including the SW for the automatic detection of the projectiles fall point), of the communication system and of the project regarding the installation of Local Stations for both ground and on board detection. Furthermore, PHASE III includes the execution of Test campaigns and data collection on board the naval units. CIG n. ZA32904BF5. Funding 615.000 euro
  • The goal of the research project HEBD (Hybrid Emergency Blowing Device for Submarines) is the design definition and related implementation of an emergency blowing system for submarines’ main ballast tanks based on hybrid-type gas generators that properly primed produce a gas mixture capable of exhausting the submarine's ballast tanks. CUP: Z2328FF774 FUNDING: 232.300,00 €

In Specific regions

Operational Programmes of the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

  • Liguria Region
    • BEN - Criteria for energy efficiency and optimisation of the ship’s electrical balance to reduce environmental impact.
    • CYBIC (Cyber Security of Critical Infrastructures); The project aims to develop a new Cyber Security system for the Region's critical port infrastructures. CUP n.G33D18000210007; Funding 183,000 euro
  • Valle d'Aosta Region
    • TU-CODE (Traçabilité des Utilisateurs pour la COllecte des DÈchets): The project aims to an innovative technological solution for identifying users of the waste transfer and the subsequent data collection related to the transferred waste, reardless the type of collection system (door to door, basement, etc.), to optimize the management system and allow the individual fee attribution. Funding 47,000 euro
  • Puglia Region
    • MARIN (Remote Environmental Monitoring): the project aims to develop an integrated system composed by an unmanned platform, enabling the environmental motoring, and an on-shore control center, for the platform management. CUP n. B89J19000310007. Funding 1.700.000 euro


  • ALSO4 (Automated Laser Scanner Operations): the project focuses on the research and development of optoelectronic control systems based on "laser scanner" technology in order to create a working prototype for the three-dimensional measurement of ships blocks and sections. This technology will enable the digitalization of manual processes for dimensional and geometric conformity of hull blocks and sections. CUP n. D41B19000350007. Funding 199,000 euro


  • IFuture (Accordo di programma per la costituzione del centro di ricerca e innovazione di IFM): the project aims to build an innovation and development center within its company as well as to develop a new engine for industrial applications. Funding 17.977.000 euro

Liguria Region

  • AWARE (Digital Twin and Industrial Internet of Things for Manufacturing 4.0): The project aims to significantly improve monitoring operations, assistance to operators, supply chain planning and the production process thanks to the application of innovative technologies such as Digital Twin and Internet of Things (IoT). CUP G32C21000610007; funding 48.000,00 €


  • SI-MARE (Innovative Solutions for High Efficient Vessels): study of structural solutions with the employment of lightweight and advanced materials for maritime applications. CUP G48I18001090007; contributo 461.000,00 €