Investments for the Future

Investment mechanisms

Updated 02/21/2018

To support and manage the special nature of these projects, ADEME offers project owners two types of financing:

Support via State aid which is subject to European competition regulations. This is organised through calls for projects and consists of:
  • state aid with systematic profit-sharing, known as "repayable advances";
  • grants, which are primarily reserved for research bodies.
This tool is used to allocate aid to projects generally selected as part of calls for projects (AAP).

Two tools for investing own funds as an "informed investor":
  • for SMEs: the Ecotechnologies fund;
  • for intermediate-sized enterprises (ISE) and large enterprises: ADEME's direct investment in entrepreneurial companies.
These investments are made as a long-term informed investor. ADEME and the Ecotechnologies fund are particularly vigilant regarding the profitability of their investments and have high expectations regarding economic, social and environmental performance.

A non-French company can benefit from these investment mechanisms to receive financing for their innovative projects provided the demonstrators or protection will be located in the country and benefit the French economy and job market.