Investments for the Future : the program

In late 2009, a commission of academic and business experts co-chaired by Alain Juppé and Michel Rocard submitted the "Grand Emprunt" (i.e. massive loan) report. A few months later, in spring 2010, the "Investments for the Future" program was launched with the support of a General Commission for Investment - CGI - now led by Mr. Louis Gallois.  

“Investments for the Future" are intended to finance new investment programs in promising sectors and has the objective of reinforcing productivity, capacity to innovate and competiveness of French companies, and also to contribute to employment and equal opportunity. Therefore, this program is dedicated to enhancing French leadership through innovative practices and economic development.
In times of economic crisis, this program aims to encourage long term national growth with a dimension that remains unrivalled. Indeed there is a proven link between efforts spent on higher education, research &innovation and economic productivity.

An overall budget of 35 billion euros was given to the "Investments for the Future" program. Following the latest state policies (modernization of university buildings, universities’ financial and juridical liability …) more than half of this amount is devoted to universities, research organizations and higher education establishments. Moreover, thanks to private co funding, the total amount of investments should reach 65 billion euros.

These financial resources will be allocated to five strategic fields: higher education and training, research, industry and SMEs, the digital economy, and finally sustainable development.

As mentioned earlier, with 22 billion euros, higher education and research are clearly the first priority. These funds will significantly enhance all sites of excellence with ambitious projects and innovative practices in France, from niches of excellence to Excellence Initiatives (IDEX) with a worldwide visibility.

-In terms of higher education and training, this program will grant resources to a selection of higher education institutions to enable them to reach the top of world universities, and result in the emergence of five to ten multidisciplinary centers of excellence in higher education which will be able to compete with the best universities in the world like Harvard, Princeton or Cambridge.
-Regarding research, the aim is to develop biotechnologies, generate an innovation dynamics in laboratories of excellence and to promote industrial research. Strengthening collaborations between public and private research is indeed a top priority of the "Investments for the Future" program.

Two rounds of calls were launched in 2010 and 2011 ( to select equipments of excellence, laboratories of excellence, health and biotechnology innovative projects (including University-Hospital Institutes – IHU -, pre-industrial demonstrators, cohorts, national infrastructures, bio information technologies, Nano biotechnologies…), Technology Transfer Acceleration companies (SATT) and institutes of excellence in the field of carbon-free energies (IEED), technological research institutes (IRT), training and learning innovative projects (IDEFI) and Excellence Initiatives (IDEX).

The whole community of the Aix-Marseille site got widely involved in responding to these calls for projects, with encouraging results in the first round (SATT Sud-Est, IHU Méditerranée Infection…) and a noteworthy success at the second round, with the selection of A*MIDEX.
These ambitious projects are now launched and their implementation has begun.

The "Investments for the Future" program is a unique opportunity for our higher education and research community to implement innovative and results-oriented practices, to develop economic interactions with their environment, and attract world-class teams.

The National Agency for Research (ANR), main institution in charge of the "Investments for the Future" program on its higher education and research part, is responsible for monitoring these projects up to the year 2020 and for assisting these projects’ managers.