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Projects and Results2013 and previous editionsPartnerships and Competitiveness

2013 and previous editions

Partnerships and Competitiveness

One of the ANR’s tasks is to promote and finance innovation and technology transfer by forming
long-term partnerships between the public and private sectors. To meet this challenge, ANR has put in place - in addition to its targeted and bottom-up collaborative calls for proposals - specific instruments and activities.

Project funding in public-private partnerships

This is one of the most important methods for making an impact. These projects account for over a third of the grants awarded by the ANR. They are co-constructed and led by partners from public research and companies and include stakeholders from all sectors, which shows that this tool meets the requirements of both spheres. The ANR carries out financial analyses to validate the capacity of the beneficiaries to finance their participation in the projects. These analyses confirm the capacity of the ANR to accompany the companies in their R&D projects whatever the level of their revenues.

Industrial chairs

The programme aims at accompanying research projects jointly led by public research institutions and enterprises. It encourages the integration of eminent French (expatriate or not) or foreign professors into higher education and research institutions, or research organisations, and reinforcing the best initiatives developed in French higher education and research.
The programme implies establishing a strong and lasting partnership between the research institution and enterprises in a high priority and strategic area for the parties concerned. The aim is to provide more effective support to industrial research in all areas. The industrial chairs’ objective is firstly to perform fundamental and applied research, and secondly to ensure training through high-level research.
This programme works for the coconstruction of research projects, with the financial costs being shared between the public (via the ANR) and private stakeholders.

Carnot Institutes

Since 2006, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research has awarded the Carnot label to public institutes (the Carnot Institutes) that undertake to place partnership research at the centre of their research strategy. The Carnot Institutes encourage closer relations between public research entities and the industrial world, with the notable aim of achieving smoother and faster transitions from research to innovation and the transfer of technologies. The ANR has managed the programme on behalf of the Ministry of Research since it was launched in 2006. Three calls for candidacies were open in 2006, 2007 and 2011. The ANR also monitors the labelled Carnot institutes. To accompany and support the bringing together of institutes and actors of the private sector, the ANR pays the Carnot institutes an annual additional sum calculated according to the partnership revenues.

Competitiveness clusters

A competitiveness cluster brings together companies, research laboratories and higher education institutes in a given geographical location. These entities have committed themselves to a partnership approach that is intended to create synergies around innovative joint projects. The ANR and the clusters help each other: if selected by the evaluation panels, the ANR finances scientific projects the clusters have already labelled, while the clusters and their ecosystems increase the impact ofthe ANR projects selected particularly relating to valorisation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship.
The ANR and the competitiveness clusters have three shared objectives: to reinforce the links between the public and private research players, to create value from the research, and to build scientific communities that gain national and international recognition.