EUREKA – CLUSTERS
EUREKA ‘Clusters’ are long-term, strategically significant industrial initiatives. They aim to develop generic technologies of key importance for European competitiveness mainly in ICT, energy and more recently in the biotechnology sector. Clusters bring together large companies, often competitors, along with SMEs, research institutes and universities, sharing both the risk and benefits of innovation. They focus on developing and commercially exploiting new technologies. Their goal is to ensure that Europe retains its leading position in the world market.
EUREKA projects are multilateral, high technology, European RTD projects. The calls for applications are permanently open.
All projects should:
involve partners from at least two Eureka member countries;
aim to develop a cutting edge, high-tech, market-orientated, civilian product, process or service;
be funded by the partners themselves, through public financing from their national governments.