The Eurostars Programme is a European Joint Programme dedicated to the R&D performing SMEs, and co-funded by 36 EUREKA countries and the European Communities. Eurostars aims to stimulate these SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding.
Individual projects are market-oriented R&D projects funded and coordinated through EUREKA. These projects involve a partnership of at least two EUREKA member countries. Partners can consist of SMEs, large companies, research institutions and even universities.
Umbrellas are thematic networks within the EUREKA framework which focus on a specific technology area or business sector. The main goal of an umbrella is to facilitate the generation of EUREKA projects in its own target area. Umbrella activities are coordinated and implemented by a working group consisting of EUREKA representatives and industrial experts.
EUREKA 'Clusters' are long term industrial organizations focusing on specific industry sectors. Clusters bring together large companies along with SMEs, research institutes and universities to develop technologies for important sectors such as ICT, energy or water.
A success story is a EUREKA project resulting in innovative product, a processes or service, that has significantly improved wellbeing and fostered competitiveness of the European innovation economy.
This annual prize rewards EUREKA projects that have made making significant headway in the development of a new innovative product, service or process.
Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.