ASTRID positions itself as a program dedicated to supporting research projects of a highly exploratory and innovative nature, with low- to mid-maturity technology. Maximum funding is €400k and project duration is between 18 and 36 months. The program aims to support research projects beneficial to both defence and civilian sectors (dual-use).
Projects supported cover a broad range of thematic within the following axes:
Follow-up projects may be submitted within the ASTRID Maturation program or AID funding mechanisms such as RAPID.
Global technological and industrial competition needs to ensure the duality of applications from research results. In order to subject to prior authorisation from DGA the sale of intellectual properties resulting from the research studies, grant agreements for projects awarded funding within this call for proposals include intellectual properties clauses. More broadly, AID aims to promote the valorisation of scientific innovations and to provide the awarded project leaders a network of technical experts with industrial knowledge.
Reference document for defence innovation policy available on AID website https://www.defense.gouv.fr/aid/ in the “documents” tab
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.