CNR and SIU is scheduled to sign an MOU to set up multi-faceted joint research program including smart city, agro food cultural heritage, environment, life science, ICT, as well as joint academic projects such as training. seminar, and conference. CNR is a public organization in Italy with operating budget over 50,000 million Baht. Dr. Paolo Annunziato, the managing director of CNR manages the research programs with a staff of over 10, 000 researchers, technicians, and administrative staff. Currently, CNR has only 5% research activities in Asia and Australia. By having a joint research program with SIU, it will developed into an innovative gateway to link up with AEC and China creating many opportunities for Italy and Thailand.