Fond national pour la Société Numérique

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The FSN – National Fund for the Digital Economy – is managed by specialized CDC teams. Its original budget – €4.25 billion – has been decreased through the transfer of €0.2 billion to Fonds National d’Amorçage, also managed by CDC, and of €0.45 billion to the newly created Banque Publique d’Investissement (BPI) through OSEO. It operates along two action lines:

  1. deploying ultra-high speed broadband networks – €2 billion
  2. supporting innovative digital content and services – €1.6 billion

For this second action line, FSN uses two different approaches:

  1. €0.75 billion (down from the original €1.4 billion) is provided through loans awarded within “appels à manifestion d’intérêt” (AMI) or calls for expressions of interest
  2. €0.85 billion is provided through grants to support R&D actions within “appels à projet” (AAP)  or calls for proposals

8 thematic sectors are managed through this second action line:

  1. Cloud computing
  2. Support and promotion of digital scientific, educational or cultural content
  3. Technological building bloks
  4. e-Health
  5. Network security and resilience
  6. Intelligent transport systems
  7. Digital city
  8. e-Education

PERICLES operates within the scope of a call for proposals on e-Education, in the second action line managed by FSN.