Second Regional Structural Competitiveness Projects (PSPC)


Second Regional Structural Competitiveness Projects (PSPC)

Date :

3 November 2020


The PSPC-Régions call for projects is open to companies of all sizes and to research establishments. Only companies can be project leaders. It is recommended that applicant consortia should not be composed of more than five partners issuing a support application.


In the context of launching of a new phase of the competitiveness cluster policy (2019-2022), the government has decided to pursue an active policy of cofinancing the collaborative research and development projects, in close association with the regional authorities which cofinance the selected projects. After 25 calls for projects already conducted by the central government and the regions, the launch of Phase IV of the competitiveness clusters is the ideal time to create a new dynamic by creating the PSPC-Régions within the PIA future investments programme.

Structural research and development projects supporting competitiveness (PSPC) require structured collaboration between economic and academic stakeholders. These projects must lead to market introduction with direct economic and technological impact in the form of new products, services and technologies, and indirect impact in terms of long-term redefinition of the sector.

The anticipated economic impact of the projects and the associated sector redefinition concern all economic partners, notably small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The projects must also promote collaboration, notably between large corporates and SMEs.

Project implementation may include industrial research phases and experimental development phases prior to market introduction.

The projects must have a broad and inclusive impact within the sector rather than simple relationships based around a time-limited R&D project. They may contribute to redefining existing or emerging industrial sectors related to public research and strengthen the position of industrial and service companies in growing sectors.


The selected partners will benefit from partial financing of expenditure equating to a support rate applied to their base of eligible approved costs.

The support provided to beneficiaries by central government will take the form of state aid composed of grants and/or repayable advances.