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Eight strategic goals

The Innovation Commission has defined eight goals in very different areas; these goals can be seen as pillars for France's future development.
Company projects submitted to the Worldwide Innovation Challenge must correspond to one of the following eight goals:



1. Energy storage

The development of renewable energy, intermittent for the most part, the optimization of electricity generation and the development of portability require disruptive innovations in storage systems. It is a vital element of any successful energetic transition. Projects will answer the needs of energy storage in all its forms. R&D programmes can consider practical experimentation modes of their innovation in relation to territories. The Challenge is complementary to existing calls for proposals, such as the Invest for the Future Programme’s “Energy storage and conversion” call for expressions of interest.

2. Collecting, sorting and recycling materials

Sorting and recycling waste are two essential components of the circular economy. Yet, in France, wastes are recycled too little, in comparison with countries like Germany. The Challenge aims to develop solutions to tackle these issues, and concerns every step in the recycling process: collecting, sorting, extracting priority substances, transformation and use of recovered materials.

3. Development of marine resources: metals and seawater desalination

The challenge must enable the emergence of innovative solutions to take advantage of underwater ores, and of programmes favouring seawater desalination with increased efficiency, lower cost or reduced energy and environmental impact.

4. Development of plant protein-based food products and plant chemistry projects aiming to develop new materials

The Challenge, beyond R&D projects, must help design and develop prototypes of plant protein-based food products. The combined strengths of agriculture, the food-processing industry and the culinary innovation tradition can be usefully associated. The progress of synthetic biology and marine resource exploitations (seaweed, etc.) will be taken into account.
The Challenge is also open to plant chemistry projects developing new materials.
The Challenge is complementary to existing calls for proposals, such as the Invest for the Future Programme’s “plant chemistry” call for expressions of interest.

5. Personalized medicine - Individualized targeted therapeutic interventions, based, for example, on genomics, medical devices and/or high-resolution imagery

The Challenge aims to gather projects relying on the one hand on “-omics” sciences (genomics, proteomics, etc.), synthetic biology, high resolution imaging (on tissue and even cellular levels) and big data and, on the other hand, projects favouring targeted therapeutic interventions, whether pharmaceutical or interventional through imaging.

6. Silver economy – answering the elderly’s needs

In France, the elderly will represent more than 20 million people in 2030. The Challenge targets ambitious and innovative projects, enabling the elderly to grow older in the best possible conditions. Projects can consider their innovation’s experimentation methods in relation to territories.

7. Big Data – Improved use of big data and definition of new usages, analytical models and promotion

The multiplication of data created by individuals, companies and public authorities’ foster new uses and productivity gains. Programmes developing new uses, or creating value from massive databases through licensing are expected.

8. Innovative projects on public security and protection against threats

The Challenge will foster the emergence of innovative solutions to protect, in an active or a passive way, sensitive sites and populations against threats and to manage crisis. These solutions can be either hardware (eg. sensors, robots, drones, safer and secured distributed embedded systems) either services or software (eg. cyber security, secured or resilient communications and networks, strong authentication, behavior analysis). Companies, startups and SMEs developing innovative solutions for individuals, companies or Government will contribute to the emergence of new solutions to improve security and protection.


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