The French National Research Agency (ANR), in partnership with the French Defense Innovation Agency (AID) (attached to the defense procurement agency - DGA), has launched the 2019 ASTRID programme "Specific support for defence research works and innovation : Maturation and Development”. The programme is entirely funded by the AID and is implemented by ANR.
ASTRID Maturation is a dedicated programme supporting the development of scientific work carried out in the framework of ASTRID, theses funded by DGA/AID and research projects by engineering schools under DGA/AID supervision. This programme is dual use: applications must serve both civilian and military purposes.
The ASTRID-Maturation programme aims to:
The programme, at the borderline between upstream research and technological research, is complementary to RAPID and DGA upstream studies programmes (as far as military applications are concerned) and other civilian supporting programmes.
ASTRID Maturation is open to all types of enterprises. However, in order to promote innovation in SMEs, the participation of at least one company in this category is required per project.
The grant awarded to the projects, whose duration must be between 2 and 3 years, is capped at € 500 k.
Intellectual Property (IP): Intellectual property clauses will be applied.
The appelsprojetsrecherche.fr portal centralises all information on calls for proposals and calls for applications from ADEME, ANR, Inserm including ANRS, Anses and INCa. It provides a simplified access to upcoming and ongoing calls, giving a greater visibility to funding opportunities. Following their closing date, the calls remain published for a few months.