iNEST call 2022 
Interconnected Nord-Est Innovation Ecosystem

Fundend by European Union NextGenerationEU
Ministero Università e Ricerca
Italia domani - Piano nazionale di ripresa e resilienza

The project in a nutshell
Proposer: University of Padua
Participants: 24
Universities: 9
Research Institutes: 3
Private Actors: 12
MUR grant: € 109.866.032,00

Project Description

The priority line of the iNEST ecosystem falls within the "Digital, Industry, Aerospace" area of the National Research Plan (PNR). The general objective is to rapidly enhance and increase the benefits of digital technologies to the key areas of specialization of the North-East territory (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto and the two Autonomous Provinces of Trento and Bolzano): the industrial-manufacturing sectors, agriculture, the sea, the mountains, construction, tourism, culture, tourism, culture, health and food. The interconnection of local ecosystems at the macro-regional level intended to work on a common "digital vision" for the benefit of the economy and of people, with local strategies of smart specialization to be united in a shared mission for the North-East.
As part of the project, Ca 'Foscari University of Venice coordinates Spoke 6 “Tourism, Culture and Creative Industries”.

Call for application

file pdfCall and Annex A iNEST
Issued with Rector’s Decree No. 934/2022
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  • Opening online applications: Tuesday 8 November 2022 9:00 AM Italian Time
  • Closing online applications: Tuesday 22 November 2022 1:00 PM Italian Time

Candidates in possession of the following requirements, regardless of age or nationality, may apply to participate in the competition:

  • "Laurea specialistica" or "laurea magistrale" (second cycle degree);
  • or degree awarded under the system ("ordinamento") in place prior to the one introduced by Ministerial Decree (D.M.) no. 509 of 03 November 1999, amended by Ministerial Decree (D.M.) no. 270 of 22 October 2004;
  • or a Master's degree awarded abroad, recognised as such in advance solely for the purpose of admission to the competition. The foreign academic qualification must allows enrollment in a PhD programme in the country of achievement.

As indicated on the art. 3, clause 6 of the call, all PhD students are required to have certified English proficiency at least B2 level at the time of enrolment, except for the possibility of acquiring it subsequently, but and not later than May 31st, 2023 otherwise they will be excluded from the PhD programme.

For recognition, the certifications that will be delivered via email to; in case of certifications obtained at the CLA, the career will be automatically updated.

More information at B2 level of English language page.

The suitability of the foreign qualification is verified by the Admissions Committee according to regulations in force in Italy and in the Country where the qualification itself has been awarded, and while respecting the international agreements concerning the recognition of qualifications for further education.


Candidates who do not have Diploma Supplement (only for students who completed their university degree in EU countries), or certificate of equivalence of qualification issued by the competent Italian diplomatic authority in the country in which the qualification was obtained shall be admitted to the selection procedure conditionally and, if successful, must provide them during the online registration procedure or in any case by 31/12/2023, the Diploma supplement or, if the qualification had been obtained outside the European Union, a copy of the diploma, translated and legalized in Italian or English language, together with Declaration of Value ("Dichiarazione di valore in loco”) (The Declaration of Value is an official document issued by the Italian Embassy in the country in which the qualification was issued), prepared by the Italian diplomatic-consular Representation, that is located in the Country where the qualification was obtained.

Applicants must be in possession of a valid foreign academic qualification that allows enrollment in a PhD programme in the country of achievement.

Computer Science

 (2 scholarships)

For both grants, the research activity must be linked to iNEST Spoke 6: "Tourism, culture and creative industries"

  • 1 scholarship linked to the following research topic, which involves the use and development of innovative methods of AI and Natural Language Processing (NLP):

    • Data Analytics (Data integration for understanding tourist behavior and profiles)   

      • Destination marketing strategies by online and offline content analysis   
      • Tourist segmentation with big data analytics

  • 1 scholarship linked to the following research topic, which involves the use and development of innovative methods of AI and Data Mining for mobility analysis:

    • Data Analytics (Data integration for understanding tourist behavior and profiles)   

      • Modeling tourism flows for tourism optimization and tackle overtourism   
      • Innovative models for sustainable logistics and mobility of tourist flows

  • Read carefully the Call for applications and the information about the PhD Programme for which you want to apply (Annex "A");
  • Check the admission requirements (art. 3) listed in the Call and in Annex "A";
  • If you have obtained a degree abroad, please refer to art. 4 of this Call or to the webpage concerning the admission requirements;
  • Make sure that you have the documents to be submitted online in the allowed format (PDF).

The application form must be completed exclusively online by deadine indicated in the Call and online, under penalty of exclusion.

To be considered valid, all candidates must submit their applications using the online procedure as referred to in the above paragraph.

Do not wait until the due date to apply! If you find you're missing some documents and have problems with internet connection you might not succeed in applying just in time. Even if you have to hand over any printed material, please, do it before the deadline: you may find a queue.

Incomplete applications, applications lacking the obligatory academic qualifications shall not be considered valid.

As provided for the art. 5 of the call for application, it is necessay to enclose the following documents to the application form in order to participate in the competition:

  • curriculum vitae et studiorum (European format);
  • PhD proposal research;
  • transcript certificate of the Master's degree awarded with the list of exams taken with grades
  • a valid copy of a non expired identity document

PhD proposal research must contain:

  • titolo del progetto e nome del/della proponente;
  • sommario (max. 1000 caratteri spazi inclusi);
  • stato dell'arte e bibliografia sintetica (max. 4000 caratteri spazi inclusi);
  • descrizione del progetto con indicazione degli obiettivi e delle metodologie (max. 5000 caratteri spazi inclusi);
  • The project complies with the technical guidelines on the application of the principle "Do No Significant Harm" (according to the legislation art 17 Reg (EU) 2020/852) and complies with the indications contained in the Annex to the MEF Circular of 30 December 2021, no. 32, called "Operating Guide for compliance with the principle of not causing significant damage to the environment (DNSH)";

In order to be selected, the project must comply with all the points listed below (no significant harm is being done to the specific environmental objective):

  1. Climate change mitigation: An activity is considered to do significant harm to climate change mitigation if it leads to significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;
  2. Climate change adaptation: An activity is considered to do significant harm to climate change adaptation if it leads to an increased adverse impact of the current climate and the expected future climate, on the activity itself or on people, nature or assets;
  3. The sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources: An activity is considered to do significant harm to the sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources if it is detrimental to the good status or the good ecological potential of bodies of water, including surface water and groundwater, or to the good environmental status of marine waters;
  4. The circular economy, including waste prevention and recycling: An activity is considered to do significant harm to the circular economy, including waste prevention and recycling, if it leads to significant inefficiencies in the use of materials or in the direct or indirect use of natural resources, or if it significantly increases the generation, incineration or disposal of waste, or if the long-term disposal of waste may cause significant and long-term environmental harm;
  5. Pollution prevention and control to air, water or land: An activity is considered to do significant harm to pollution prevention and control if it leads to a significant increase in emissions of pollutants into air, water or land;
  6. The protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems: An activity is considered to do significant harm to the protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems if it is significantly detrimental to the good condition and resilience of ecosystems, or detrimental to the conservation status of habitats and species, including those of Union interest.

The qualifications and publications required by the forms included with this call for applications (Annex "A") must be attached to the online application form in a PDF format and enclosed with files not larger than 10 MB.
You may also add, delete or modify the attached documents after completion of the online application, on condition that you do so by deadine indicated in the Call and online.
Other way attachments delivery will not be considered.

Pursuant to Presidential Decree (D.P.R.)  no. 445 of 28 December 2000, as amended by article 15, paragraph 1, of Law no. 183 of 12th November 2011, Italian and European citizens are required to submit only a self-declaration with regard to the following personal statuses and details, as certified by Public Administrations, specified in this call for applications and the accompanying forms (Annex "A").All documents must be written preferably in Italian or English, or translated into Italian or English by and under the responsibility of the candidates, with the exception of the documentation relating to the qualification that allows access to the Doctorate (see art.4 of the Call).

As far as reference letters are concerned, candidates must ask academics/scientists to submit the letters by means of an online procedure (maximum number of two).

To enable this procedure, when compiling their application, candidates must enter the email addresses of the academics/scientists concerned who will receive an email with instructions explaining how to upload their letters. Candidates will receive an email informing them that the letter has been uploaded although these letters may only be viewed by the Administration of PhD Office and the Admissions Committee.

Academics, scientists must upload their letters by deadine indicated in the Call and online.

Candidates must not upload reference letters, but they must only indicate the email tof the academis/other experts.

We will not allow other forms of sending letters.


The submission of the application is in two steps, both mandatory to the proper participation in this tender (see also Article 6 paragraph 2 of the Call):

First Step

  • Registration on the university website; you will find all information about Registration and password recovery if you already have registrated at  Registration and password recovery page. WARNING: Do registration does not mean you have applied; To apply read Second Step (below).
  • TAX CODE:  tax code is an alphanumeric code that needs for italian fiscal purpose. It is not a problem if you have not an italian tax code: when you insert your personal data, the computer system will automatically calculate the tax code. Remind that code because you have to use the same on the second step of on line application.

Second Step

IMPORTANT WARNING:  The application code will be used to identify the candidate. It will published name and surname only of successfull and eligible candidates on the University website.

Be sure to complete the online application: your application will be fulfilled after receive an email with a receipt with code candidate's application (if you do not receive the email, check your junk mail box / Spam, might be over there). Incomplete applications will not be accepted. In the email is also shown the link from where you can access the application to consult / modify it using your tax code and the code assigned, always within the deadline stipulated by the call.


The Examination Board is so composed:

  • Mr. Andrea Torsello (President)
  • Mr. Salvatore Orlando
  • Mr. Andrea Albarelli

Schedule of Selection

Final List

Subject to exclusion, the winning applicants shall comply with the following procedures within three working days from the date of publication of the ranking on the University website

In the event of withdrawal, and always within the prescribed three working days from the date of publication of the ranking on the University website, the candidate must notify the University by e-mail at

For more information read Art. 10 of the Call or ask to Settore Carriere Post Lauream (e-mail:

Last update: 18/01/2023