The Single Inter-ministry Fund, the FUI, is a French programme designed to assist in the development of new products and services likely to reach the market in the short to medium term.
The FUI is restricted to funding R&D projects accredited by competitiveness clusters.
With approximately 130 million euros available each year, the Single Inter-Ministry Fund issues two calls each year for project proposals.
The 17th FUI call for project proposals closed on 29 November 2013.
FUI call no. 18 for project proposals should be issued during the first half of 2014 with 25 April probably being set as the deadline for the submission of projects.
More information on the Bpifrance site.
The next Elastopole projects committee due to issue an opinion on projects will meet on 15 April 2014. Contact us as soon as possible if you wish to submit a project.
How to obtain Elastopole support
A large part of Elastopole’s work is aimed at identifying subjects for research projects suitable for submission to the FUI. By basing this on the work done by its scientific council, the Cluster organises several meeting each year.
When a consortium starts to form, it is offered two possibilities :
it can ask for the Cluster’s assistance in setting up the project.
it can rely on the skills of the consortium’s members or a specialist consultancy.
On completion of the project construction process and the writing of the presentation file, the consortium seeks accreditation from one or more clusters.
What is an FUI AAP ?
Who is it for ?
Partners in competitiveness clusters’ collaborative R&D projects :
Businesses of whatever size.
Laboratories or public research bodies or training organisations.
For which projects ?
The Fui financially supports the implementation of collaborative projects for the development of new products or services with a high innovation content, leading to them reaching the market within five years.
The project must be accredited by one or more competitiveness clusters, include R&D work done mainly in the area covered by those clusters, and guarantee economic benefits for the country as a whole.
Projects likely to be funded are selected at the conclusion of calls for project proposals (two per year). Calls for proposals from the FUI are lodged via an electronic procedure.
Covering what expenditure ?
Notable eligible costs :
Cost of staff allocated to the project (researchers, engineers and technicians).
The depreciation of research plant and equipment for the duration of its use.
Sub-contracting work directly linked to the project, in particular, that awarded to public or private laboratories.
Participation in project funding is provided in the form of a subsidy.
FUI management and contributors
Contributors to the FUI are the ministries responsible for industry, defence, public works, agriculture, health and regional development.
The public authorities awarded the management of the FUI to Bpifrance Financement (former OSEO) in September 2009.
Assistance awarded to a project owner in this way is managed by Bpifrance. Apart from financial assistance from the state, owners can receive funding from local authorities and community funds (ERDF).