Three new projects approved

Friday 16 December 2016

We’re happy to announce that we’ve approved three new projects!¹

Following a project selection sub-committee, where representatives from both France and England were present, the programme has announced that it will co-fund the following projects:

  • ADAPT – The project will tackle mobility problems faced by elderly and disabled people by developing a smart Electronic Powered Wheelchair. The smart wheelchair will include driving assistance technologies such as obstacle avoidance, route selection and autonomous driving. The provision of smart wheelchairs will provide autonomy for users and improve social inclusion. European Region Development Fund budget - 5.9 million euros.
  • CoRoT – The project will develop innovative and affordable robot software and hardware that is focused on the needs and budgets of SMEs. The robotic systems, developed by CoRot, will allow smaller manufacturing businesses to become more flexible and responsive to demand, improving their productivity and competitiveness. European Region Development Fund budget – 2.6 million euros.
  • LABFACT – Led by the University of Southampton, the LABFACT project will unite world-class research centres in the Channel area to support and train SMEs on clean and environmentally friendly ways to manufacture fine chemicals. The project will focus on the emerging technologies of reagentless and flow chemistry which will unlock new, low cost and low waste manufacturing opportunities for SMEs in the chemical industry. European Region Development Fund budget - 4 million euros.


Commenting on the announcement Vince Muspratt from the Managing Authority, Norfolk County Council said: “It’s great that we’ve had a further three projects approved and underlines how cross-border co-operation is continuing to find innovative ways to tackle key issues.

“We want to remind potential applicants that the UK government has guaranteed funding for the lifetime of all projects contracted prior to the UK leaving the EU. The France Channel England Programme is still very much open for business and we encourage applicants to continue to apply for funding.”

Congratulations to all our new projects and partners!


  1. The projects’ approval is dependent on projects meeting a number of conditions outlined by the Selection Sub-Committee.