Innovation clusters in France
Innovation Comes First
71 open and innovative ecosystems
France has 71 innovation clusters in which companies, public-sector educational institutions and research laboratories work on collaborative projects focusing on market-oriented projects and prototypes. They are positioning themselves on an international scale in cuttingedge and key technology sectors and their membership is open to international companies.
At the end of 2012, the French government decided – as part of the “National Pact for Competitiveness, Growth and Employment” – to consolidate its innovation clusters policy by launching a third phase (2013-2018) with the principal aim of intensifying their economic impact. (Source: French Ministry for the Economy and Finance (DGCIS directorate) – Report 2012 – Objectives 2013)
5,700 collaborative R&D projects have been undertaken since 2005; more than 600 foreign companies established in France are members of innovation clusters. (Source: French Ministry for the Economy and Finance (DGCIS directorate), 2013)
Central and local government have awarded €2.7 billion since 2008, in addition to which project partners have spent around €3 billion on R&D. (Source: French Ministry for the Economy and Finance (DGCIS directorate), Assessment Report on Innovation Clusters, June 2012)
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