The 25th call for projects of FLED was launched in December 2017 with for closing date on February 1st, 2018.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, a project must:

  • aim to develop one or more new products or services with significant innovative content;
  • be collaborative by bringing together at least two companies and a laboratory or public research agency or training agency. Within the framework of an existing international cooperation between States, a collaboration involving a French company, if possible an SME, and a foreign company, as well as laboratories or public research agencies or training agencies, is acceptable;
  • to be controlled by a company of any industrial sector or services;
  • bring economic benefits to the national territory, quantified and backed up in employment terms (increase, maintenance of competences, etc), investments (development of industrial sites, increase in R & D, etc), development of a business or anticipation of economic changes;
  • be certified by at least one competitive cluster: the SCS Cluster labellisator leader must be identified and obligatorily appear top of the list of the SCS Clusters labellisateurs
  • to comprise work of R & D carried out in majority in the territories from this or these SCS Cluster (S) and to 25% has minimum in the territory of the SCS Cluster labellisator leader;
  • demonstrate an eligible amount of work which is not or was not the subject of other finance by the State, the regional authorities, the European Union or their respective agencies;
  • to justify, with the glance as of expected economic consequences, the share of financing requested by the laboratories or public agencies of research or training companies if this share is higher than 40% of the whole of the requested assistances;
  • list all the R&D projects carried out by each partner within the FUI framework and any other (national or local) government aid procedure, by specifying the amounts for the R&D programs and the amounts of the subsidies granted in order to assess the financial capacity of the partners to conclude the project.

We would like to remind you that the project partners must demonstrate a sound financial situation (in particular equity, and if necessary a finance plan) in line with the importance of the work that they propose to undertake within the framework of the project or the projects concerned, as well as the requested subsidies.

Financing rules 

The projects requiring less than 750,000 euros of assistance have authority to be presented preferentially to the program assistances with innovation (AI) of BPI France, subject to their eligibility with this program. The projects whose budget is higher than 5M€ have authority to be preferentially directed towards call PSPC of the Investment plan with A future. 

The assistances (of FLED, the territorial collectivities or the agencies) of which are likely to profit the selected projects fit in the Community framing of the assistances with the R & D (experimental stage of development), in particular notified modes N520A/2007 and N269/2007.

The following are eligible in particular:

  • expenses incurred by staff assigned to the project, identified and belonging to the following categories: researchers, engineers and technicians;
  • depreciation of research equipment and materials, as well as subcontracting to public or private laboratories.

The subsidies awarded are the subject of an agreement by partner (single-contractor agreement).

With regard to companies, the grants are awarded in the form of subsidies:

  • at the maximum rate of 50% of the expenditure retained for SME (with the Community, in particular effective direction <250 people) established on the territory of the one of the SCS Clusters which has labeled the project;
  • at the maximum rate of 35% for SME (with the Community, in particular effective direction < 250 people) not established on the territory of the one of the SCS Clusters which has labeled the project;
  • at the maximum rate of 35% for the intermediate companies (many employees ranging between 250 and 2000) established on the territory of the one of the SCS Clusters which has labeled the project;
  • at the maximum rate of 30% for the other companies,

For research establishments:

  • the rate of subsidy is of 100% of the marginal costs. However, the rate of subsidy can be 40% of the complete costs if the establishment of research makes the request of it. This request will be final for the whole of the calls for projects of FLED and the PSPC.

R&D work which is of minor significance or makes a poor contribution to the collaborative nature of the project is entitled to be carried out by subcontracting.

The major part of the grants for each project must, in general, support the project partner companies.

Points to note

  • The innovative projects submitted, apart from exceptions, must lead to marketing within a period of about 5 years from the end of the R&D program. Particular attention will be paid to the economic results forecast for the end of the R&D stage of the project and for the end of the production stage.
  • The projects will have to justify that they significantly involve SMEs or medium-sized companies in terms of the importance of the work and of the economic results.
  • Projects which represent a financing share for the laboratories or public research agencies or training agencies of more than 40% of all the grants requested must justify this with regard to the expected results.
  • The project partners must provide a preliminary consortium agreement including the maiin principles and the order or priority of the commitments of each of them, the distribution of the property or operating rights and the expected returns.
  • The partners of the project must present a financial situation in coherence with the importance of the works which they propose to undertake within the framework of the project or the projects presented, like with the whole of the requested assistances.
  • The project partners are committed to account for the economic results during the project and during a period of 7 years following its completion.
  • The project partners are committed to carrying out their work in compliance with good business protection and safety practice with regard to the R&D and innovation projects, in particular during IT exchanges, etc.

Calendar:

  • October 27th, 2017: deadline of request for certification SCS (sending of the datasheet of request for certification of project by e-mail with Delphine Launay for study of eligibility of the project)
  • December 13th, 2017: Initial review of the projects by the SCS Projects Commission
  • January 10th, 2018: Final review of the projects by the SCS Projects Commission
  • January 2018: Certification by the Board of directors of the SCS Cluster
  • February 1st, 2018: Fence of the AAP25

Key documents:

Contacts:

Olivier Chavrier, 04 42 53 82 83, E-mail

Delphine Launay, 04 89 86 69 30, E-mail

Last updated: 03/01/2018

 
January 2018