Nicolas HULOT, Bruno LE MAIRE, Frédérique VIDAL, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Louis SCHWEITZER, General Commissioner for Investment, Nicolas DUFOURCQ, Managing Director of Bpifrance, and Bruno LECHEVIN, President of the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), announce the launch of a new action of the Future Investment Program for the competitiveness of companies: the call for projects "Innovation Competition".
Managed by the General Commissariat for Investment, the Programme d'Investissements d'Avenir enables France to strengthen the competitiveness of its companies by supporting their innovation projects. The new national call for projects "Innovation Contest", operated by Bpifrance and ADEME, aims to provide financial support for innovative projects led by small and medium-sized enterprises and to foster the emergence of French champions of global stature.
The "Innovation Competition" is part of the major €57 billion investment plan announced by the government on 4 July 2017, with carbon neutrality and competitiveness through innovation as priorities.
The "Innovation Competition" will enable the selection of projects with a particularly strong potential for the French economy, led by SMEs and start-ups. The winning projects will have total costs of between €600k and €5m, and will be offered co-financing for their research, development and innovation expenditure. They should contribute to accelerating the development and market introduction of innovative solutions and technologies.
The Competition is open on the following themes :
- 4 themes operated by Bpifrance :
- security and cybersecurity ;
- French Fab .
- 4 themes operated by ADEME :
- transport and sustainable mobility ;
- innovative agriculture ;
- innovating for the quality of terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems ;
- renewable energy, storage and energy systems.
These themes have been chosen in line with the roadmap presented by the government on 20 November last in the context of the National Council for Industry, with the ambition of implementing an industrial policy focused on innovation and the move upmarket, in particular through the transformation of industry and the strengthening of innovation potential.
In line with the climate plan and the government's environmental ambitions, the issues addressed by ADEME should help accelerate the ecological transition in the region.
The call for projects is open until 13 March 2018.
In this action, and in compliance with European rules, the Programme d'Investissements d'Avenir will intervene in the form of grants and repayable advances. The State will also benefit from a profit-sharing on the results of the supported projects. This competition, as well as its themes, will be renewed every six months.