• Coordinator
    Odile Henin
  • Function
    Project Officer at Bpifrance
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The Investments for future programme

In order to achieve the identified targets of the various Declaration of Intents endorsed by the SET-Plan Steering group, France suggests to develop and pursue joint research projects together with other European SET-Plan countries through its funding programme “Investments for the Future” (PIA).

What is the “Investments for Future” Programme ?

The PIA (Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir – Investments for Future Programme) was established in 2009, and covers the period 2010-2020. It aims to prepare France for the challenges of tomorrow (competitiveness, environment, energy, health, etc.) and to increase its growth potential by investing in higher education and training, research, industry and SMEs, sustainable development and digitization. The Investments for Future programme is intended to support projects fostering innovation and the creation of jobs in sectors with strong potential for the French economy. It is a matter of strengthening France's strategic competitive advantages. The implementation of the Investments for the Future programme is steered by the General Secretariat for the Investment (SGPI). It is supported by several operators, including ADEME, who is one of the major actors responsible for innovation for energy and ecological transition in France. To date, 1,2 billion Euros from the PIA has been allocated through ADEME to about 300 energy projects.

Investment mechanisms

To support and manage these projects in the Energy area, ADEME offers project owners a support, in particular via State aid which is subject to European competition regulations. This is organized through calls for projects and includes : - state aid with systematic profit-sharing, known as "repayable advances" ; - grants, which are primarily reserved for research bodies. Projects are generally selected through calls for projects (Appels à projets - AAP). French authorities have decided to open the calls for projects of “Investment for Future” in the Energy area to collaborative projects of French stakeholders with European SET-Plan countries and beyond that to international cooperation. A non-French company can benefit from these investment mechanisms to receive financing for their innovative projects provided the demonstrators or projects will be located in France and directly benefit the French economy and job market. Additionally, the PIA also enables specific operators such as ADEME or BPI France to make equity investments when relevant, for instance for first-of-a-kind of innovative industrial solutions.

Calls for projects

The French government launched le 9th of February 2018, 8 calls for proposals related to the ecological and energy transition in the framework of the programme “Demonstrators for the ecological and energy transition”. These calls for proposals will give a financial support about 300M€ for excellent Research and Development projects. All the Calls for projects are published in French online :

 - Buildings and Blocks of high environmental performance : deadline = 17 June 2019 ; (collaborative projects with a budget of more than 2M€) 

- Circular Economy and Waste Recycling : deadline = 17 June 2019 ; (collaborative projects with a budget of more than 2M€) 

- Eco-Efficient Industry : 3 deadlines = 15 May 2018 – 13 February 2019 – 16 September 2019 ; (collaborative projects with a budget of more than 2M€) 

- Optimized Smart Grids : 3 deadlines = 15 May 2018 – 21 September 2018 – 17 June 2019 ; (collaborative projects with a budget of more than 2M€) 

-- Eco-efficient Farming and Food industry : 3 deadlines = 15 May 2018 – 13 February 2019 – 16 September 2019 ; (collaborative projects with a budget of more than 2M€)

- Bio-based Chemistry and Materials ; advanced Biofuels : 3 deadlines = 17 September 2018 – 18 March 2019 – 16 September 2019 ; (collaborative projects with a budget of more than 2M€) 

- Renewable Energy : 3 deadlines = 14 June 2018 – 25 October 2018 – 19 September 2019 ; (collaborative projects with a budget of more than 2M€) 

- Biomass mobilization and Resources uses 3 deadlines = 15 November 2018 – 14 May 2019 – 14 November 2019 ; (collaborative projects with a budget of more than 2M€) 



French funding (ADICI PROGRAMME) 
Projects innovative collaborative projects, close to the market, all thematics 

  • No country or partner representing  more than 70% of the total budget of the project
  • Eligible beneficiary : French Companies up to 2000 FTE 
  • Eligible costs: R&D&I, industrial research and experimental developments
  • Scheme: zero interest loanreimbursable in case of success
  • Funding rate up to 65 % for SME, up to 50% for midcap companies.  

 Cluster Programme Financing Innovation (FUI) (Cluster pôles de compétitivité projects)

  • Collaborative projects :SMEs, large companies, public laboratories. Territorial basis, projects in agreement with cluster strategy. 
  • Grants average 1 M Euros
  • Two calls for proposals per year


Projects in France

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