For its 2nd Edition of its call for projects, the setec Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with the 4th International Environmental Innovation Competition of the FAMAE Endowment Fund.

FAMAE is an endowment fund that supports innovation for the benefit of the environment. FAMAE funds solutions to improve our daily lives while lowering our expenses and reducing our environmental footprint.

With a prize of €1,000,000, this is one of the world’s most ambitious challenges for sustainable innovation. This international competition has several components and is supported by several partners, including the setec Foundation, each of which can choose a sub-theme for which it wishes to propose a dedicated call for projects.

Within the framework of this competition, the setec Foundation is therefore launching a call for projects on sustainable construction in France and in a number of African countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Senegal, Madagascar, Benin and Gabon.

The theme of sustainable construction is understood in the broadest sense of the term, and includes all types of infrastructure. In this sense, it is not limited to the habitat, housing, real estate and building sectors. It can involve transport facilities such as bridges; network infrastructures, notably water and energy; and infrastructures for services to the population such as schools, clinics, social centres, etc. Construction can be modular and can be mobile. It can also include renovation.

Important: The notion of “sustainability” applies to the entire life cycle of the work.

Do not hesitate to apply, if your project is :

  • included in the circular economy: use of local resources, re-use of available resources, waste management, … ;
  • economical with its use of water and other natural resources, with a very low impact on the environment
  • low-carbon and uses renewable energy;
  • a source of employment and training, using locally available labour and local expertise during the construction, operation, maintenance and end-of-life phases
  • sustainable;
  • replicable: the conditions of this replicability must be made explicit;
  • functional with sustainable characteristics that do not limit its uses.

The minimum prize for the call for projects is 100,000 euros.


The calendar of the call for projects is as follows:

  • 17 June to 15 October: Call for applications
  • 16 October to 9 November: Analysis of applications and pre-selection of projects
  • Between 10 and 17 November: Hearings and selection of winning projects
  • 17 December 2021: Award ceremony

You can apply here directly:

For more information, send an email to: contact@fondationsetec.org

Find out more:

About the 4th international environmental innovation competition of the FAMAE endowment fund

About the 2020 call for projects and its winners

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