France

Partner 18: (FR: France) … Nouvelle-Aquitaine

The Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region is a Regional public authority (NUTS 2). Its areas of competence are economic development and employment, research and innovation, professional training, high school management, transport, tourism, the environment, culture and sport.
Concerning the innovation field, the Region encourages the creation of high-tech, high value-added businesses.  It gives companies or creators of innovative businesses easy access to assistance via a full range of financing tools. Concerning R&D, the Region supports the financing of collaborative programs representing innovation on all ways (technological or not).
The Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region supports innovation and R&D on its territory through its Economic Regional Development Scheme and its Innovation and smart specialization Regional Strategy. The development of the materials (especially ceramic technologies and their applications) is encouraged as a part of his Smart Specialization Strategy.
The Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region is a Managing Authority of the European Funds (ERDF, ESF and EARDF) for the 2014-2020 programming period.