2023 – 9th edition of Innovation Awards for Franco-Chinese Teams

2023 Application kit

In 2023, the application period lasts from April 6th to July 28th.

Once completed, please send your application to

Note: When you open the application, it is in the form of a google docs document. You can click file -> download to download. It will be downloaded as a word document.


2022 R&D Award winner of the AIR LIQUIDE and NAU Team

With Scientific Attaché LU Rongkai from the Chinese Embassy in France, CFC Co-president Jean-Paul AGON and CEO Sybille DUBOIS-FONTAINE

2022 Innovative Product winner from the M2i and BEIJING GERUIBIYAN TECHNOLOGY Team

with Chairwoman of CCICF HE Liqin, Scientific Attaché LU Rongkai from the Chinese Embassy in France and CFC Co-president Jean-Paul AGON and CEO Sybille DUBOIS-FONTAINE

2021 Innovative Product winner with Antoine PETIT, Chairman of the French CNRS, Chairman of the Jury

2021 R&D Award winner with our Ambassador Jean-Pierre RAFFARIN

2021 Innovative Initiative winner with LU Rongkai, scientific adviser at the Embassy of China in France

Innovation Awards for Franco-Chinese Teams: a long story

Download 2022 Awarding Ceremony Press Release

Origin of the Innovation Awards

The France China Committee organized the Innovation Awards for Franco-Chinese Teams for the first time in 2014 as part of its campaign « France Technology – so French, so Innovative». For the 9th edition in 2023, we will have 3 categories of Awards: R&D, Innovative Product and Innovative Initiative.

Type of Awards

The Innovation Awards aim to reward outstanding innovative projects which are developed by bicultural Franco-Chinese teams OR French or Chinese teams for the other country’s a market. These teams may have diverse backgrounds: from universities, French “Grandes Ecoles”, laboratories, R&D centers and/or French and/or Chinese companies, etc.

The candidates are expected to conduct innovative technologies, products or services, with a significant impact in social, environmental and/or cultural terms, through all phases of innovation:

  1. R&D (Research & Development) Award recognizes and honors innovations which have not yet been introduced to the market, developed by one and/or a combination of public or private research units such as research and development centers, and/or institutes, and/or company laboratories.
  2. Innovative Product Award recognizes and honors innovations which are already on sale on the market and for which a patent has been filed before the candidates submit their application.
  3. Innovative Initiative Award recognizes and honors any other innovation, including ideas, software, business models, organizational methods or similar procedures already implemented within an organization.

Institutionnal support

Under the patronage of

  • French Ministry of Economy and Finances, and
  • French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation

With the special support from

  • The Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France

Chairman of the Jury

The French National Center for Scientific Research

Ambassador of the Awards

The Awards are supported by Mr. Jean-Pierre RAFFARIN, personality at the heart of the France-China diplomatic relationship, former Prime minister, Honorary Member of French Parliament, Chairman of the Fondation Prospective et Innovation.


The Awards have a prestigious Franco-Chinese jury, chaired by the French National Center for Scientific Research. The jury are formed by Franco-Chinese experts from institutions, companies, and scientific world, specialized in various fields.

The winning Teams of the Awards will be chosen by the Jury from around 10 pre-selected finalist projects between September and October 2023 for the three categories of the Awards.

The finalists will pitch in front of the Jury members in France and in China.

Assessment criteria

Projects for the first three categories will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • The involvement of Franco-Chinese team in the innovation process or how relevant the projet is to the other country’s market
  • Innovative aspects
  • Economic viability
  • The usefulness of the project in social, environmental and/or cultural terms.

The Awards ceremony

It will be held in China between November 5th and 10th 2023.


The France China Committee, the Awards’ organizer

The France-China Committee gathers French companies active in France and China in the long term and working together for their development with China.

Dean of the Franco-Chinese economic relationship, China’s expert since 1979, the France-China Committee has become a key player in high-level Franco-Chinese economic diplomacy. Its mission is to promote the French offer in China and Franco-Chinese cooperation, which brings common values and mutual interests to France and China.

With the support of Air France, our partner of the Innovation Awards

New support of the FCC Awards in 2022

Official support of the Awards since 2014

Chairman of the FCC Awards Jury since 2014

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