Strong government support for innovation


France's research tax credit

the most attractive R&D tax incentive program in Europe

Tax break

of 30%
of annual expenses,
up to €100 million

and 5% above this threshold

Junior final-year doctoral

and post-doctoral research personnel

The rate is quadrupled for their R&D expenses in their first two years of employment

SMEs

Starting in
2014,
extension of eligibility to include innovation expenses incurred

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"Innovative new companies"

New businesses that invest in R&D and are registered as “innovative new companies” (JEI or JEU) are eligible for exemptions on income tax, corporate tax and local business tax.

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84% of interviewed foreign companies considered France's research tax credit as a location factor for R&D investments

Kantar Public
“France seen from abroad”, 2016

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Effective corporate tax rate on R&D operations

Number 1 in Europe

ahead of the United Kingdom and Germany

KPMG, Choix concurrentiels, 2016

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Combining the benefits

Eligible companies can combine the benefits of the research tax credit with those of the “innovative new companies” scheme (jeunes entreprises innovantes – JEIs), wich provides for corporate tax, local taxes and social security contributions over an eight-year period.

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Innovation tax credit

SMEs are eligible for a 20% tax break on expenses incurred
by the design of prototype or pilot versions of new products

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France’s Public Investment Bank offers companies financing solutions
for every step of their development

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Major Investment Plan (2018-22)

€57 billion being invested by central government,
including €13 billion for innovation and competitiveness

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Open and innovative ecosystems designed to rise to the challenges
of global competition now and in the years to come

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71 centers

of technology excellence
financed by public-private partnerships

in which companies,
public-sector educational institutions
and research laboratories work on collaborative projects

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