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SPS'innov, a winning "package"


The goal of the SPS’innov call is to promote collaborative research between SPS teams and and private companies (start-ups, SMEs, multinational corporations, technical institutes, EPIC [French Public Industrial and Commercial Establishments], etc.) to develop high-risk innovative projects with a strong potential for added value.

The selected projects, with levels 2 to 4 in the TRL scale, receive 50k€ of financial support that can be divided in personnel costs, running costs and services. To be eligible, a project has to include an equivalent financial contribution from the private partner(s).

Since 2012, 17 projects involving 20 different private partners have been funded by SPS through this call. Some projects, with high potential for valorization (e.g. construction of prototypes) used this springboard to be eligible in both the Université Paris-Saclay Prematuration and SATT Paris-Saclay maturation processes.

About half of the projects continued after the SPS'innov contract, with funds coming from the companies or from other calls for projects.

One of them led to the creation of a start-up company.

There are still a few SPS'innov packages. We therefore strongly encourage SPS teams and companies to apply! SPS'innov projects can be submitted at any time. The terms and conditions of submission and the documents to be completed are available here.

Overview of the projects selected so far...


Evaluation on a -1 scale of an eco-technology allowing the control of pathogenic bacteria by the biostimulation of beneficial bacteria: application to the cultivation of seed potatoes (ECOPOTATO)

SPS’innov project selected in 2012
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PROMoters of In vitro Somatic Embryogenesis (PROMISE)

SPS’innov project selected in 2012
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Detection and characterization in tomato of variants in genes involved in xylem flows (Tom-tom)

SPS’innov project selected in 2012
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Development of a method to evaluate the elicitation of plant defense mechanisms (ELICITEST)

SPS’innov project selected in 2013
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Engineering of parthenocarpic lines in sweet pepper (ELPP)

SPS’innov project selected in 2013
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Development of a micro-press for the extraction of Brassicaceae oil (microPRESSE)

SPS’innov project selected in 2013
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Search for New tools in Plant Protection: Priming as a mean of stimulating plant defense (PRIDE)

SPS’innov project selected in 2013
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Elucidating the contribution of the transcription factor ZmMYB31 to lignin biosynthesis And drOughT Tolerance in maizE (MAscOTTE)

SPS’innov project selected in 2014
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Stress Protection from Arabidospsis to tomato (SPA)

SPS’innov project selected in 2015
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Use of Trichoderma as integrated pest management against Fusarium ears on cereals (FUSAKILL)

SPS’innov project selected in 2016
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