What is EUREKA?

EUREKA is a publicly-funded, intergovernmental network, involving over 40 countries. EUREKA’s aim is to enhance European competitiveness by fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship in Europe, between small and large industry, research institutes and universities. By doing this, EUREKA concentrates the existing potential of experts, of knowledge, research facilities and financial resources in a more efficient way. EUREKA is constantly proving its value through a wealth of success stories – innovative products, processes and services that have been launched onto the market over the last 30 years, creating additional turnover and jobs for European companies, small and large – and by supporting the internationalization of businesses with innovative ideas.

EUREKA is a leading open platform for international cooperation in innovation. It is present in over 40 countries and remains to this day the only initiative of its kind committed to the ‘bottom-up’principle - ensuring that any R&D project with a good business plan receives the support it deserves, independent of its technological nature, or the type of organisations involved.

EUREKA Network projects

EUREKA Network Projects are transnational, market-driven innovative research and development projects. Projects supported by the public administrations and public funding agencies that representing EUREKA in each of its 40+ member countries.

The EUREKA "bottom-up" approach to project creation continues to be a characteristic which differentiates EUREKA from other similar initiatives. This approach allows the project consortia to define the nature of the technologies to be developed and how the project comes together.

EUREKA Network Projects are market-driven international R&D projects. They aim to develop marketable products, services or processes. Participation in international cooperation projects through EUREKA offers businesses, research institutes and higher education institutions a range of advantages.

EUREKA Network Projects are bottom-up and cover all technological areas with a civilian purpose.

EUREKA’s flexible, and decentralised approach allows for a short and concise application procedure with minimum reporting.

To set up a EUREKA Network Project there must be at least two partners from two different EUREKA countries. Partners can be of any type: SMEs, large companies, research institutions and universities.Our extensive National Project Coordinator network offers advice and support in looking for project partners, launching a project, drawing up a EUREKA proposal, finding funding and all other project-related matters. The Network also promotes project results once the product of research reaches the market. And all this in the applicant’s native language and within their cultural context.

For more information about EUREKA please visit: http://www.eurekanetwork.org

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