Competitiveness clusters

In 2004, France launched a major initiative as part of the innovation and industrial policy that mobilizes the key factors of competitiveness: research, training and the ability to innovate.

To strengthen France’s industrial potential and create conditions conducive to the emergence of new activities with high international visibility, a new industrial strategy has been put in place, based on the development of competitiveness clusters and relying on active partnership between industries, bodies involved in higher education and training, and vocational institutions.

Competitiveness clusters are created by companies, research units and training centres around innovative projects within a defined geographic area.

Based on a vision shared by the different players, each competitiveness cluster develops its own five-year strategy, which allows it to:

To carry out these different activities, it relies on its ecosystem of innovation and growth

The strategy of developing competitiveness clusters is set in a European context, in accordance with the Lisbon target of making Europe a leading region worldwide for its competitiveness and its knowledge-based economy.

To date, 71 competitiveness clusters have been designated by the CIADT (Interministerial Committee for Territorial Planning and Development), 9 of which are devoted to health or have a “health” component, distributed throughout the national territory, including the overseas territories. Inserm is a member of these 10 clusters, and was actively involved in the creation of some of them.

The 9 health-related competitiveness clusters

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