A Note from Israel Shamay, EUREKA Chairman of the NPC forum and head of the Israeli EUREKA Chairmanship Organization:
November 4, 2010
Following an exciting week of meetings, networking and – even dancing – at the first NPC-HLG meeting held under the Israeli EUREKA Chairmanship in Tel Aviv in late October, it appears the EUREKA Network is off to a strong and promising year. The yearly forecast of collaborative R&D projects, generated by the National Program Coordinators (NPC’s), indicates that the network – for the first time – may generate more than 350 projects this year. These projects bring together two or more countries to create technology and services in a variety of industry fields – manufacturing, transport, IT, telecom and electronics, energy technology, biological sciences, and more. EUREKA cooperative industrial-driven projects are supported through EUREKA’s 40 member countries’ national funding bodies.
350. This is an unprecedented figure – in fact, if it proves accurate, it will be a record year in terms of the number of projects being generated by the Network. This is a true indication of the growing demand of European industry and the usefulness of EUREKA instruments – the individual projects, EUROSTARS, Umbrella and Cluster projects – as well as of the necessity of increasing the budgets needed to support EUREKA projects. We’ll of course have to wait till year’s end to see if the forecast rings true!