May 28, 2009
I am delighted to welcome you to EUREKA’s World of Innovation Blog. We hope, together with your feedback, to make this blog a reference point on European Innovation, SMEs, as well as our successful R&D projects.
Eureka and its 39 member network, respond to the needs of industry aiming to increase European competitiveness in the world market. Since its set up in 1985, EUREKA enables large companies, research centres, universities and national administrations to cooperate in near market research and development. EUREKA projects are financed through national public and private funding. EUREKA aims to simplify the work of SMEs by cooperating closely with the national networks and contributing to cutting red tape procedures, not using external consultants as well as developing and promoting EU standards.
EUREKA supports three types of projects where 45% of participants are SMEs:
Clusters: Long-term and strategically-significant, they involve a large number of participants mainly from Europe’s largest companies and develop generic technologies of key importance to European competitiveness.
Individual Projects: Small, shorter-term projects, involving participants from at least two member countries. They result in a product, process or service with a significant advance in their sector. Some of these projects are grouped together in a thematic network, known as an Umbrella.
Eurostars Projects: Our success story. It is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to R&D performing SMEs. These are small, short-term projects, involving participants from at least two member countries where the consortium leader is a research-performing SME. They are programmed jointly with the European Community (through the Framework Programme). Eurostars exploits Article 169 of the EU Treaty, requiring co-decision by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers
EUREKA is a bottom-up, ‘industry-knows-best’ initiative, with a multi-local approach: national offices where the language of the local businesses is spoken and the cultural context is understood. Eurostars, with its light procedures and central harmonised INDEPENDENT evaluation and synchronised funding will help combat the duplication of research. It also demonstrates a will at EU level (also national level with dedicated e* funds) to exploit trusted external but public European platforms to promote and support pan-European R&D efforts.
Head of EUREKA SecretariatAuthor : EUREKA