Eureka Clusters

Overview

EUREKA is the world’s biggest public network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation. EUREKA’s focus is on the SME sector but large companies, universities and research organisations can also qualify for support. EUREKA offers opportunities to combine expertise, exchange knowledge and enhance resources.

EUREKA projects focus on the R&D of close-to-market products, processes or services.

Thematic programmes driven by communities of large companies, SMEs, universities, research institutes and end users. Work alongside major industry players on close-to-market projects to deliver innovation objectives.

Cluster programmes are flexible to meet R&D needs. Projects can involve any number of partners (and often have many participants). Build a consortium that is the optimum size to achieve the best results for the project.

CELTIC-NEXT

Next-generation communications

CELTIC-NEXT supports projects in the information and communications technology (ICT) domain and vertical sectors. If your organisation is interested in developing high-performance communications networks to improve data-rich applications and advanced services, contact CELTIC-NEXT.

Smart electronic systems

EURIPIDES² drives projects related to smart electronic systems integration embracing the electronic components and systems (ECS) sectors. Input your expertise into the development of materials, equipment, technologies, components and embedded and integrated systems.

Software innovation

ITEA 3 enables software innovation projects in the smart mobility, smart cities, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, engineering and safety and security sectors. Push the boundaries of technology fields like AI, big data, simulation and high-performance computing into applications.

Metal optimisation

Metallurgy Europe supports projects optimising material discovery (e.g. for use in renewable energy production), recycling, design and processing. Join projects that aim to improve key industrial applications.

• PENTA

Micro and nanoelectronics

PENTA projects develop micro- and nanoelectronics-enabled systems and applications along the electronic components and systems (ECS) value chain. With PENTA, your organisation could play a key role in enabling the digital economy.

SMART

Advanced manufacturing

SMART projects support the adoption, integration and upskilling of advanced and discrete manufacturing technologies. Your input could help production companies navigate the global shift to advanced manufacturing.

EUREKA does not fund projects but evaluates the collaborative project plan and labels it as EUREKA approved project. Project consortium members can self-fund from own resources or, if eligible, can apply for funding from national agencies. Enterprise Ireland client companies are funded through the Agile Fund/R&D Fund. Universities and research organisations are funded through the International Research Fund (IRF). Clients of other national agencies such as IDA or Údarás can be funded via relevant agency programmes.

Participants based in Ireland should always verify eligibility for national funding support in advance of any proposal submission.

EUREKA participating member countries:

Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | Canada | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Estonia |Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Iceland | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Latvia |Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | The Netherlands | Norway | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovakia |Slovenia | South Africa | South Korea | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Turkey | United Kingdom

Am I eligible?

Requirements for EUREKA Projects:

For Companies:

  • The project must be built around innovative R&D with a strong industrial, market, and exploitation orientation,
  • You must have at least one collaborating partner in another EUREKA member country,
  • You must be in a position to self-fund your part of the project from company resources OR
  • You must be eligible to access national funding as a client of an agency such as Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland or Údarás.
  • The project must be non-military, and environmentally friendly.
  • Always check with your national agency contact to confirm eligibility before you make an application to EUREKA

For Research Performing Organisations:

Researchers in RPOs are only eligible for funding if there is an Irish company also participating in the consortium.

Maximum funding available

For Companies:

  • Eligible companies can apply for funding from a national agency such as Enterprise Ireland/IDA Ireland/Údarás. Check with your national agency contact before making an application to confirm what rules and rates apply.
  • Enterprise Ireland client companies are funded through the Agile Fund/R&D Fund. Universities and research organisations are funded through the International Research Fund IRF Guidelines (Word format). Clients of other national agencies such as IDA or Údarás can be funded via relevant agency programmes.

For Research Performing Organisations:

  • Researchers in RPOs, can access 100% funding up to a maximum of €250,000 to cover project research costs

How to apply

Applications must be made through the EUREKA on-line portal.

Projects will be evaluated centrally. Projects reaching the required threshold will be labelled and ranked.

For Companies:

Eligible companies can apply for funding through the relevant national agency such as Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland or Údarás once a project is labelled

For Research Performing Organisations:

Researchers in RPOs, can apply for funding through the International Research Fund IRF Guidelines (Word format) once a project is labelled.

Visit the EUREKA website for more information.

Key contact

David Flood
National Contact Point
Eureka and Eurostars Programmes

+353 86 8372832

David Flood