Frequently asked questions

Information and details about the call for innovative projects

1)  Are we free to choose the composition of the team, or must it be made up of people with specific skills?
You are free to choose your team, however, it must be multidisciplinary and consist of people with skills relevant to the nature of the key elements of the project and the expectations of the “Reinvent the Seine” call for proposals. If necessary to the project, a landscaper, an architect, a logistician, a non-professional... must be part of the team. Each member’s role and contribution to the project must be made explicit, as well as the duration of their involvement in each phase of the project (planning, implementation, running) and their manner of involvement. Terms and conditions of their work and contract will be specified (remuneration, equity investment in the future project...).

2)  Can a team be called multidisciplinary when it is made up of people with different areas of skills and expertise but belonging to a single company?
Yes, but the identity, expertise, and role of each person must be justified in the same way as for other teams.

3)  Does a team need to include an investor or any other company capable of making a financial commitment?
The financial feasibility of the project, as well as the legal and financial soundness of the group are of course part of the criteria in making the selection. At each stage of the call for proposals, teams must be able to explain the business model of their project and give proof of adequacy of financial means.

4)  Is there a maximum number of companies or legal entities per team?
No, there is no limit. However, each team must present the role and responsibilities of each team member. The selection of relevant team members and high-quality coordination will of course be appreciated.

5)  What type of entity may join a proposal team?
The call for proposals is open to anyone, from any sphere, capable of proposing an innovative project. It is open to all types of representation, regardless of legal form, and including foreign groups.


6)  What do the different types of site mean?
On water
This category includes sites involving a body of water for the development of aquatic and river-based activity. It may be a body of water without a mooring, (in this case a 3m strip is available for boarding and landing) or linked to a central mooring.
This category includes sites involving one or more buildings located by the Seine or its canals, which can be converted or modified according to local planning document specifications.
This category includes bare land located by the Seine or its canals, that may or may not be authorised for construction, and for which complete redevelopment is sometimes possible.
Work of art
This category includes infrastructures, bridges, passageways, bridge abutments and tunnels next to the Seine and its canals, which may be redeveloped or used as they are.

7)  Can the type of project for each site be freely chosen?
As a matter of principle, the type of project is free. However, certain guidelines are specified for some sites. These are outlined in the technical files for each site, available for download on the website

8)  What is a multidimensional project?
The multidimensional nature of a proposal is one of the four admissibility criteria. The aim here is to avoid any project that may divide or overly specialise the end use of the site. The project may therefore have economic, social or environmental dimensions, it may contribute to the promotion of heritage, or diversify the use of the site. These suggestions are non-exhaustive, and innovation may also come from an ingenious combination of unexpected features.

9)  Where can I find more information about the Seine Axis?
The Seine Axis Call for Proposals covers the areas of the Seine Paris Axis, Rouen and Le Havre. To find out more about this area and its key features, visit

10)  Can a proposal be made for a site other than the 42 sites proposed?
It is important to distinguish the Reinvent the Seine sites from other projects, events and activities which may arise in connection with this call for proposals. A specific tab has been created on the website, where project leaders may suggest ideas in relation to the Seine Axis concerning one or more public partners. These propositions occur outside the call for proposals and its regulations and will not be subject to a selection procedure by public partners. This tab will facilitate direct communication between project leaders and public partners in order to encourage these initiatives.


11)  How do I become a candidate, express my interest?
The first step consists of expressing interest in one or more sites by submitting a file in accordance with Part B of the regulations, on paper and electronically. The information requested is designed to demonstrate the advantages of the project as well as the seriousness and determination of the project leaders to propose an innovative project.

12)  Can a company or a legal entity be part of more than one team applying for the same site?
This is possible as long as they agree to strictly respect confidentiality, and applications are maintained in the event of an entity winning several projects.

13)  How can I make myself known, in order to become part of a team, or to create a team?
The meet-upspace on the website designed to help you make yourself known and to create opportunities to meet people. A physical meet-up will be held before the summer, details will be supplied to applicants at a later date.

14)  Can I apply for a round 2 site as soon as round 1 site applications have opened?
No, each round has its own schedule. Application information, technical files, and information files will not be available until the round is open to applicants.

15)  Can a team withdraw its proposal?
Teams may withdraw their proposals up until the submission of final bids. The final bid constitutes the team’s commitment to see the project through if chosen.

16)  What happens after the expression of interest?
At the end of the expression of interest period, a maximum of four candidates per site will be selected to draw up their final bids. In order to do this, they will have secured access to the dataroomfor their project site.

17)  Can each team ask the public partners questions in preparing their proposal?
For each site presented on the website, an email address is given, allowing project teams to ask the public partners questions. The answers to these questions will be brought to the attention of all candidates where relevant.

18)  Does the expression of interest include a financial offer?
Yes, from the moment of expression of interest, candidates must propose a financial offer (price in the case of transfer, lease fee in the case of occupation). Expressions of interest must include three elements in order to be considered complete:
Document 1 – the project team ;
Document 2 – the project ;
Document 3 – legal-financial response outline.

19)  Can the nature of the rights transferral be freely chosen?
For some sites, the public partner does not specify the nature of rights transferral. In this case, the team must propose the legal framework in accordance with their economic model. For other sites, the type of transfer is defined by the public partner and specified in the site’s technical file.


20)  Are all proposals made public?
Proposals will be made public in order to highlight the creativity and innovation of the solutions proposed during this call for proposals. This will be carried out with the agreement of the project leaders, respecting confidentiality if so desired.