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19th call for projects from competitiveness clusters: 62 new projects are launched

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62 new collaborative R&D projects were launched following the 19th call for projects from the competitiveness clusters. These projects involve 50 competitiveness clusters, 280 companies and 120 public research laboratories. They will receive €88.5 million in support, including €47.4 million from the French State and €41.1 million from regional authorities and Community funds (ERDF).

Selected from among the 137 dossiers submitted to the 19th call for projects of the Single Inter-ministerial Fund (FUI), these projects of excellence are in line with the priorities of the industrial policy that the Government has placed at the heart of the Pact for Growth, Competitiveness and Employment.
Led by a company, these projects, which bring together at least two companies and a research laboratory, provide a concrete and collective response to the challenges of innovation.

Thus the project DIDRO, supported by the Risks division, in complete break with current dyke monitoring resources, will develop a service provision solution with an instrumented drone, dedicated to monitoring and surveying dykes along rivers and canals.
The Project XTREMCAP, labeled by the Capenergies division, will develop alternative solutions to batteries, aimed at fast and reliable storage and operating in harsh environments, to meet growing energy and power needs.
Project PRINCESSEThe new vaccine, labeled by the Medicen cluster, will develop a new immunotherapy against endometriosis, as well as an associated companion test.
The Project NATAROME+, supported by the Terralia cluster, will exploit new biotechnological approaches to design "Clean Label" food products and natural flavours with high added value.
The Project 4EVER-2The project, labeled by the Cap Digital cluster, will improve the quality of the television experience and contribute to the definition and standardization of Ultra High Definition.
The Project ALG, supported by the Pegasus cluster, will develop an innovative mechanical system to absorb the landing shocks sustained by small aircraft, such as microlights and bush planes.
The Project WAYThe Systematic cluster will design a demonstrator of security technologies and solutions integrated into operational systems, focusing on video protection and the protection of buildings open to the public.
Finally, the project COMPOCHOCThis project, supported by the Aerospace Valley cluster, aims to develop a technique for the non-destructive quality control of bonded assemblies, a real advance on the existing system, which will make it possible to grant aeronautical certification of bonding as an assembly technique.

The number, diversity and quality of the projects selected are evidence of an innovation dynamic driven by the competitiveness clusters and their 7,500 member companies. Fully mobilized, the competitiveness clusters give birth to projects that will lead to new products and services being marketed. In this way, they will enable partner companies to take leadership positions in the markets concerned and develop activity and employment in the territories.
A 20th call for projects is currently underway. Projects will be selected during the month of July 2015.

To find out more about the competitiveness clusters 

(Source: CP Bercy - April 20, 2015)

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