CIRA is a not-for-profit shareholding Consortium founded in July 1984. The main shareholders are: ASI (Italian Space Agency), CNR (National Research Council), Consorzio ASI/Regione Campania and the main Italian aerospace industries. Yearly operation costs are partly covered by government contribution. CIRA operates according to the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). The Italian government has entrusted CIRA to manage the PRORA (Italian Aerospace Research Program).
CIRA’s commitments are the following: perform PRORA (Italian Aerospace Research Program) to support the Italian Aerospace community with facilities and proper skills under the control of Ministry of Research, design, manage and operate the facilities, build up and integrate competences and expertise, define, manage and execute R&TD projects, educate and train scientists and technicians, keep PRORA updated.
This strategy is applied performing the following actions: improve and intensify cooperation with the EC, promote collaborative R&TD activities within EU FPs, increase networking with European REs and Industry, start-up cooperation with “Classical Aeronautical” MS and NMS, increase competitiveness in specific areas; enlarge the activity perimeter taking into account current scenario, emerging business opportunities, scientific and technological spinoff from running activities (Security, Environment); disseminate a CIRA image corresponding to current R&TD and service capabilities.