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Together with EUREKA Individual projects and Eurostars projects, Clusters are one of EUREKA’s three funding instruments.
Each Cluster covers one specific industry sector, including water technology, software, telecommunications, energy, nano-electronics and integrated electronics. Clusters are public-private partnerships uniting major companies and national innovation agencies to complete major pre-competitive technological research projects, setting standards for entire markets such as mobile payment, encryption and security software, or data transmission over the Internet.
Clusters projects are initiated through calls for funding application, where SMEs and universities are invited to join projects putting them directly in touch with large companies and multinationals. For SMEs taking part in Cluster projects, large companies represent potential clients or partners with manufacturing capabilities.
There is always at least one cluster call open during the year. Here are a few dates and information on currently open calls: