Selected – 2023

Call for proposals MATHILDE: maturing of innovations on specific Defence thematics – thematic call on Deep Seabed and Space

The French National Research Agency (ANR), in partnership with the French Defence Innovation Agency (AID), is launching the 2023 call for proposals MATHILDE: maturing of innovations on specific Defence thematics – thematic call on Deep Seabeds and Space. The program is entirely funded by the AID and is implemented by ANR.

This call for projects follows the call for interests launched previously this year on the same thematics and aims to:

  • anticipate technology demonstrations and pre-industrial work following up on dual-use scientific innovation,
  • boost result’s attractiveness with regard to industry and investors.

in both space and deep-sea sectors. Proposals may fall under “industrial research” or “experimental development” for a project duration of 24 to 36 months and a maximum allocated grant under 800 k€.

This thematic call is dedicated to research projects beneficial to both defence and civilian sectors (dual-use) with an intermediate level of technological maturity (TRL of 3-4 to reach 5 at the end of the project) and falling under one of the following five axes in either the space or deep-sea research domain:

  • Environnment knowledge
  • Environnment management and control
  • Surveillance
  • Resilience
  • Object- and change-detection (only for the deep-sea research domain)

The program, at the border between upstream and technological-research, is complementary to call for projects ASTRID: Deep Seabed and Space aiming to support low level of technological maturity (TRL between 1-4), currently open for submission (for more information on this call:

Opening : 2023-07-18 at 14:00 CEST
Closing : 2023-09-15 at 15:00 CEST


  • Proposals do not need to be based on previous researches having received a support from the Ministry of Defence or based on pre-proposals submitted under the previous Call for interests: extension of conflict zones: Deep seabed and Space
  • At least one industrial partner required per project
  • Grant is capped at €800k per project

Intellectual property clauses (IP)

Intellectual property clauses will be applied in order to preserve the feasibility of applications.

DrOID 2022

Refence document for defence innovation policy available on AID website in the “documents” tab

Contacts – French National Research Agency

Florence LASEK - florence.lasek(at)

Emmanuel BETRANHANDY - emmanuel.betranhandy(at)

Funded projects


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