Emergence & innovation

Supporting risk-taking through emergent and innovative projects that may result in knowledge breakthroughs is a way to reinforce in the long run the leadership of AMU and its partners in their scientific areas. Yet, although research is intrinsically risky, it is often difficult to get adequate funding to launch a new team and/or a new scientific venture with a strongly innovative approach. Several factors account for this, such as the growing weight of calls for proposals often based on common wisdom and approaches on scientific issues. Moreover, selection processes tend to reduce risk-taking, since acknowledged track record in the very field of the call is a key assessment criterion of the projects. AMU is committed to calls for proposals development and to increase the ability of its researchers to apply and succeed in such national and international calls for proposals. But it is also important to support more innovative scientific ventures.

The “Emergence & Innovation” Fund is the answer A*MIDEX gives to this need. The jury will be pluridisciplinary and composed of renowned scientific pioneers. Its selection will be based on 4 major criteria: (i) potential impact of the project; (ii) potential of the team leading the project; (iii) novelty of the approach and/or of the issue; (iv) feasibility and relevance in AMU’s and its partners' environment (access to the relevant resources in terms of equipment and scientific teams).
A Go/No Go milestone will be set 18 months after the operational start of the project to explore the relevance of the approach.

The Emergence & Innovation fund in a nutshell:
Key criteria of the call for projects:
- Potential impact, fundamental and/or applied, of the project
- Novelty of the approach and/or of the issue
- Potential taking into account the age of the team leading the project
- Relevance and added value of the project for AMU and its partners
2 M€/ year for 3 projects financed for 2 years
Eligible costs: funding for contract staff, light equipment, operating costs.