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Investissements d’Avenir (Investment in the future)

Set up by the state at the end of 2009, the purpose of the Investissements d’Avenir programme is to strengthen French competitiveness by promoting investment and innovation in sectors generating growth and jobs.


In early 2013, of the 35 billion euros initially awarded to the programme, 2.2 billion were re-directed, in accordance with government priorities, towards five main areas :

  • Support for innovation and industrial sectors
  • The development and spread of generic technologies
  • Training
  • Changes in energy sources
  • Growth in the economy relating to living beings and health.


Competitiveness clusters play a central role in several aspects of the programme, such as :

  • The demand for loans to further the industrialisation and marketing of the results of R&D projects in clusters (PIPC).
  • The creation of technology research institutes (IRT) and institutes for changes in energy usage (ITE). ITE replaces the IEED (Institute for excellence carbon-free energies).
  • The development of structuring projects in competitiveness clusters via shared innovation platforms (PFMI).
  • The setting up of collaborative innovation projects with structuring R&D projects (PSPC).
  • Ademe AMIs.
  • Excellence laboratories (LABEX).
  • Excellence teams, research teams linking industrial companies.
  • Technology transfer acceleration companies (SATT), whose activity is devoted to deriving value from the results of academic research. In March 2014, Elastopole signed an agreement with SATT Grand Centre and SATT Ouest Valorisation.
  • France Brevets, a French investment fund specialising in intellectual property.
  • Measures in various sectors : bio-technologies, health, future vehicles, aerospace, the digital economy, nuclear, etc.
  • Start-up funds
  • Support from Carnot Institutes.
  • Initiatives or excellence campuses, a project run by a group of universities, colleges and research organisations.
  • University hospital institutes
  • Green loans.


The financial appendix to the specification for every request for proposals in the Investissements d’avenir programme states the eligibility conditions and qualifying expenditure.


Current calls for proposals may be viewed on the Investissements d’Avenir web site.

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