Placed under the responsibility of the delegate general for armaments, the Defence Innovation Agency was created on September 1, 2019 (new organization of the ministry, service with national competence). The Defence Innovation Agency federates the innovation initiatives of the ministry by ensuring the coordination and consistency of all innovation initiatives. While continuing work of technological innovation over the long term, the Defence Innovation Agency is the sensor of innovation opportunities for the benefit of all end users, whatever their fields: operations management, equipment, support, administration. The innovation projects supported by the Defence Innovation Agency are of 4 types: defence technology projects (formerly upstream study program), innovation acceleration projects, participatory innovation projects and research projects.

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