Innovation in France

In France, innovation policies are governed by:

  • A European Union public policy framework
  • A French public policy linked to two ministries:
    • Ministry of Higher Education & Research (MESR)
    • Ministry of Economy, Finance & Industry

European Opportunities and Support

For 2014-2020:

  • A single EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: Horizon 2020
  • A program for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME)
  • Rules, kind & level of fundings, etc. are specific to each program but intend to be harmonized within 2014-2020

Focus on the Ministry of Higher Education and Research

  • Incentive measures for the creation of innovative companies
  • Tax incentives for new company development
  • Legal framework to:
    • Facilitate integration of young entrepreneurs and students into the industrial world
    • Develop synergies between private research and public research