Assistance is available for pan-European near-market, collaborative R&D projects which lead to the development of advanced products, processes or services. Assistance may include help with finding partners and the lowering of likely barriers to commercial success.
UK participants in EUREKA projects are eligible to apply for financial support under existing UK schemes such as the Collaborative R&D scheme or the Grant for Research & Development. EUREKA itself is not a funding mechanism.
Launched in 1985, EUREKA is a pan-European initiative for promoting near-market collaborative research in advanced technology. EUREKA aims to improve Europe's competitiveness in global markets for civil applications of new technology.
Eureka is a decentralised network facilitating the coordination of national funding on innovation, aiming to boost the productivity and competitiveness of European industries.
The network integrates over 40 pan-European economies, and also includes Israel, South Korea, and Canada.
Eureka follows a bottom-up approach with projects being in any technological area with a civilian purpose.
There are no specific exclusions cited in the scheme's guidelines.
Companies or, in some cases, research institutes and universities, located in the European Countries that are members of EUREKA, may identify and submit topics on which they wish to collaborate and seek prospective partners. EUREKA comprises the following member countries, plus the European Union:
- Czech Republic
- Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- Republic of San Marino
- Russian Federation
- Slovak Republic
- United Kingdom
- European Union
EUREKA status is granted by agreement between governments of all the firms taking part in a project and notification of the project to the conference of EUREKA Ministers.
Companies from Non-Member Countries are eligible to participate, providing there is a collaboration which involves a minimum of two EUREKA Members. The following Non-Member Countries have recognised National Information Points (NIP):
The EUREKA Programmes are as follows:
Individual projects are market-oriented R&D projects funded and coordinated through EUREKA and given a EUREKA label upon approval. The individual projects follow a bottom-up approach which means that any project in any kind of technology can receive support, so long as the business plan is good. These projects are led by small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and involve a partnership of at least two EUREKA member countries. Partners can consist of SMEs, large companies, research institutions and universities. Building partnerships, accessing new markets and agreeing upon intellectual property rights are all important elements of a partnership within EUREKA individual projects. Together, the partners develop new technologies and/or services with the ultimate goal of reaching the market with their innovation.
European reasearch and development programme targetting small and medium entreprises. It can address any technological area but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.
Longer term strategically significant industrial initiatives. Clusters have a large number of participants, and aim to develop generic technologies of key importance for European competitiveness. Current Clusters are:
CATRENE's goal is to develop a complete ecosystem around the semiconductor industry. The focus of its projects includes increasing productivity and reducing time to market.
This cluster focuses on innovative, industry-driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of Smart Electronic Systems, in particular applications and marketable products that could be manufactured in Europe.
Supports innovative, industry-driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of Software-intensive Systems & Services (SiSS).
Aims to support and promote transnational, low carbon energy technology projects. It covers the entire energy mix from all forms of primary energy sources (except nuclear), through transportation and distribution, all the way to efficiency in end-use whether industrial or for individual consumers. It also includes transverse technologies such as materials, IT or manufacturing technologies that support the energy system.
Industry driven ICT cluster aiming to define, perform and finance research projects in the area of telecommunications, new media, future internet, and applications and services focusing on a new "Smart Connected World" paradigm.
ACQUEAU is a market and industry driven initiative dedicated to financing water innovation.
Metallurgy Europe integrates industrial metallic materials, advanced manufacturing, end-user OEM engineering and academic research across Europe, thus catalysing a community effort to make breakthrough metal products. Its goal is to lay the technical foundation for the design and discovery of next-generation alloys, intermetallics, compounds and composites that can be processed into higher-performance metallic components for industrial end-users.
This cluster is focused on micro- and nano-electronics that will support the vision, strategy and planned implementation contained in the European Industrial Strategic Roadmap for Micro- and Nano-Electronic Components and Systems as prepared by the Electronic Leaders Group.
Thematic networks focusing on a specific technology area or business sector. Their main goal is to facilitate the generation of EUREKA projects in its own target area. Current Umbrellas are in the following technological areas:
- Medical and biotechnology
New project ideas should initially be sent to the UK National Contact Point.
The UK EUREKA office is administered through Innovate UK.
Submissions made in response to Calls for projects launched by EUREKA clusters, should be submitted through the appropriate cluster website. Clusters do not fund projects. Funding is granted via Eureka Countries' national programmes.