Austrian Chairmanship

In 1985, Austria was one of the founding members of Eureka and served as Chair in 1995. This year, under the motto “Towards a New Eureka”, we take the Chair for a second time (from July 2020 to June 2021), and celebrate the 35th anniversary of Eureka.

The network has done great work, and has grown and advanced over its lifetime. We intend to explore and build on past achievements and successes, while at the same time looking into and working on what is needed for the future.

Accordingly, the Austrian Chairmanship will prioritise the further development of Eureka's programmes, global outreach and internal cooperation, as well as upholding the unique selling point of Eureka: keeping its valuable local specialisations and core DNA intact.

Eureka’s Austrian Chairmanship is held by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG): Austria's national contact point for Eureka.

From past achievements to a new vision of cooperation for global innovation

Austria was one of the founding members of Eureka in 1985, and it is an honour and pleasure for me to announce the Austrian Chairmanship of the world’s largest intergovernmental innovation cooperation network in 2020, when it will celebrate its 35th anniversary.

Since its foundation, Eureka has stimulated 7,500 international collaborative projects, resulting in a total public-private investment of more than 48 billion euro. After a long and successful history, the concept of Eureka is more relevant than ever in a setting where global framework conditions have fundamentally changed. The key social, political and economic challenges of today’s world (like the COVID-19 pandemic) can only be addressed on a global level, and these challenges need innovative solutions to be developed in a fast and satisfactory way through international cooperation.

During the Austrian Chairmanship, the Eureka programmes will be renewed to provide the optimal toolbox for member states and our global partners to support a new generation of innovative solutions for the pressing issues we face today and in the future.
NEW Eureka shall form a leading platform to connect our industries, SMEs and knowledge institutions, and to fulfil our common vision and mission.

Margarete Schramböck
Austrian Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs

New approaches to deal with current and future challenges

Today, Eureka member countries face an historically unique challenge: the COVID-19 crisis. It heavily affects our society and economy, and fast and determined action is needed in response. At the same time, Eureka enters a new era.

The Austrian Chairmanship team will prepare and implement the launch of the new Eurostars programme in partnership with the European Union under Horizon Europe. We will also implement the new Clusters programme designed by the Netherlands Chair, and the new Strategic Roadmap 2021-2027 will set the priorities of our global network in the coming years.

NEW Eureka will be achieved: firstly, by promoting our renewed toolbox of instruments; secondly, by ensuring and extending our outreach and encouraging intensified global cooperation; and thirdly, by advancing collaboration within the network to shape the future of NEW Eureka.
Let us work together to fulfil our vision of Eureka being “the world’s leading intergovernmental network for research and innovation cooperation, through aligned national priorities and funding with the aim of generating socio-economic benefits across the Eureka countries”.

Ulrich Schuh
Austrian Eureka Chairperson 2020/21

Strategic priorities

New programmes

Advancing Eureka: New beginnings

  • Increase the visibility and value of Eureka by celebrating its 35th anniversary
  • Ensure the successful launch and promotion of new programmes and calls

New global collaborations

Open Eureka: Encouraging cooperation worldwide

  • Ensure Eureka’s global outreach and encourage worldwide cooperation

New forms of cooperation

Cooperative Eureka: Improving networking and services

  • Advance cooperation activities within Eureka’s network and shape the future of a NEW Eureka
  • Enhance synergies with national and EU R&D&I instruments
  • Continue the necessary ESE restructuring


Eureka 35 years celebration

This Austrian Chair event will take place on 22 March 2021 at the Hofburg in Vienna.

The event will celebrate 35 years of Eureka and will be held at the imperial palace in Vienna together with the Austrian kick-off event for Horizon Europe (2021-2027). The morning session will be dedicated to high-level political statements and the presentation of Eureka and Horizon Europe developments. It offers a good opportunity:

  • to present NEW Eureka within the EU´s scientific and technological landscape,
  • to show how Eureka complements and adds to existing R&D programmes and
  • to increase the awareness and visibility of Eureka at policy level.

In the afternoon, the audience will split into parallel thematic sessions. One will explore past achievements and discuss Eureka’s future strategies and priorities.

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Global Innovation Summit 2021

The Innovation Summit will take place on 18-20 May 2021 in Graz, Styria.

The Eureka Global Innovation Summit and the Styrian Future day will merge to form the Global Innovation Summit in 2021. The major discussion topics are the green and digital transformation. In addition, reconstructing economies and international cooperation after the coronavirus crisis will play a central role.

The Innovation Summit 2021 offers a unique possibility for businesses, international funders and researchers to network, exchange ideas and develop new business opportunities.

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The Austrian chairmanship team

  • Ulrich Schuh

    Austrian Chairperson

  • Michaela Gstrein

    Deputy Chairperson

  • Ines Marinkovic

    National Project Coordinator (NPC) Chair

  • Pauline Oberthaler

    Deputy National Project Coordinator (NPC) Chair

  • Olaf Hartman

    Eurostars Advisor

  • Agnes Schneider

    Risk and Audit Committee (RAC) Representative

  • Karin Kurzweil

    Assistant Eureka team

  • Lejla Abazovic

    Assistant chair team

The Austrian Eureka team

  • Klaus Puchbauer Schnabel

    High Level Representative (HLR)

  • Georg Panholzer

    Deputy High Level Representative (HLR)

  • Adelheid Folie

    Deputy High Level Representative (HLR)

  • Michael Walch

    Eureka National Project Coordinator (NPC)

  • Johanna Scheck

    Eurostars National Project Coordinator (NPC)

  • Marie Kathrin Traunfellner

    Eureka Deputy National Project Coordinator (NPC)