Support to the competitiveness clusters (pôles de compétitivité)

Contact person 
Kate Margetts
Ville de Grenoble
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
Knowledge Transfer (contract research, licences, research and IPR issues in public/academic/non-profit institutes)
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
Support to the competitiveness clusters (pôles de compétitivité)
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
All companies
Business organisations (Chambers of Commerce…)
Consultancies and other private service providers (non-profit)
Higher education institutions (education function)
Higher educations institutions research units/centres
New technology based firms/new knowledge intensive service firms
Other non-profit research organizations (not HEI)
SMEs only
What is the aim/objective? 
To boost the competitiveness of the French economy and to help develop growth and jobs in key markets, by : - Accelerating innovation efforts - Providing support for high-tech and creative activities, primarily industrial, in the various regions of France - Improving the attractiveness of France via greater international visibility
Give an overview of the instrument 
The national measures consist of supporting the strategic governance of clusters, financing structuring projects such as innovation platforms, develop other aspects of the cluster ecosystems such as competence management, international development, IPR management, and an incentive to get more of private funding specifically to support the growth of SMEs. The competitiveness clusters gather companies, training centres and public and private research organisations around innovative collaborative projects. Each cluster is specialised in scientific and technological fields. Some clusters cover the same field. The priorities and status of each cluster are defined in individual contracts between the different parties involved (State, local authorities, universities, research laboratories, training centres and enterprises). Within the framework of a national policy in favour of launching the French economy, 71 clusters were created in France (15 in Rhône-Alpes and 2 in Grenoble).
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Monday, May 1, 2006
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
R&D projects associating public research, SMEs and groups developed in the clusters have improved the image of public research and contributed to jobs' creation.
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice?