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  • A new web platform is helping businesses get connected

    A secure web platform, capable of integrating data from different kinds of sensory and connectivity technologies, can help businesses keep better track of their assets and personnel. The platform could lead to new operational efficiencies and cost savings.

  • Christmas tree in the snow

    2020 has been a challenging year for us all.

    But challenges bring with them opportunity. At Eureka, we’ve reinforced our commitment to supporting you, entrepreneurs, whose great innovations make a positive societal impact and strengthen our economies.

  • A new Digital Guardian for offshore energy

    Offshore energy platforms take a pounding from waves, wind and rain, collisions and the harsh daily grind of operations. Digital Guardian, a new predictive modelling technology, has been designed to optimise these complex and costly assets in real-time. It analyses design, operations and maintenance to boost offshore energy platform efficiency, safety and longevity.

  • Eurostars-3: A key instrument for Horizon Europe

    Why Eurostars is an essential component of Horizon Europe.

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    1. Horizon Europe emphasises the need to reinforce support to SMEs for the research and development of emerging and breakthrough innovations. There is a need for policies directly targeting SMEs and that aim to close the innovation gap in the European Union.
    2. The Innovative SMEs Partnership delivers a unique 1:3 leverage cash effect on EU funds. The total leverage effect, including private and public funds, is 1:7.
    3. The new strategy for the European Research Area (ERA) recommends member countries allocate a target of 5% R&D expenditure to international funding programmes[1].
    4. The final allocation of funds from Horizon Europe to the Innovative SMEs Partnership should be proportionate to the budgetary situation of the Framework Programme.
    5. Eureka considers an allocation of 300 M€ to the Innovative SMEs Partnership to be an optimal balance between diversity of European interests and sharing the burden of budget cuts, while ensuring the viability of a funding programme with a proven track record for creating jobs and growth.



  • Digitising historical documents

    By applying machine learning to optical character recognition (OCR) technology, a Eurostars project has significantly improved the digitisation of old newspapers and historic manuscripts. The solution could be a godsend for universities, libraries and museums keen to make important archived documents public, as well as legal services interested in digitising old contracts.

  • Making a bridge between flood defences and renewable energy

    The world’s seas and oceans contain almost unlimited, inexhaustible power. Along the rugged coastlines and waterways of the United Kingdom and Ireland for example, tidal surges could provide plentiful clean renewable energy if harnessed in a cost-effective manner. The Eurostars SAFE COAST project has provided some much-needed momentum (and a wake-up call to governments) by demonstrating that affordable renewable energy can be combined with robust flood defence.

  • How is digitalisation and automatisation affect all aspects of our society?

    John Higgins is the former director general of DIGITALEUROPE, the European tech industry association. He was President of the European Commission’s Policy Forum on Digital Transformation. He is a Senior Advisor in Brussels and London on digital for global communications company Burson, Cohn & Wolfe. He will tell is more about digitalisation.

  • The Future of manufacturing

    Digitisation will be increasingly important, but it is rarely the main reason for a company thriving.

    “The New Industrial Revolution-” author Peter Marsh explains us how networks and niches put manufacturers on a twin track to success.

  • Belgium in the innovation landscape

    Belgium is an unusually complex member state of the Eureka Network. Not only does it have a federal level, three communities and three distinct cultural regions, those regions are also competent in applied industrial research related to the economy and have their own budgets, whereas in most other countries, innovation is a national level competence. This diversity is also a source of possibilities, since each region individually has the possibility to develop initiatives in the framework of Eureka.

  • The man who crosses deserts

    Oscar Chabrera has one of the hardest jobs at any start-up company: raising money to fund research and development. As co-founder and project coordinator at Spanish company Vilynx, Chabrera tells us why he became an entrepreneur and how to finance innovation.

  • New immune risk drug test opens up pharma sector

    A Eurostars project partnership has blossomed into an innovative startup, which aims to make the pre-clinical testing of drugs for immune response risks affordable and straightforward. This could help open up the pharmaceutical market to smaller European pharma firms, and ensure that medicines that reach the market do not have unexpected side effects.

  • Could this be the healthiest feed for animals?

    Animal feed is a critical element of the food chain, impacting both animal health and food safety. The Eurostars CoRouge project has helped a small company gain approval for a new copper feed additive that can improve the health of lifestock whilst fully respecting European Union rules. The success of the project has led to further research into the health and environmental benefits of a unique source of copper in feed.

  • Wind turbines farm

    Is the Big Data era set to transform the wind farm sector?

    Knowing when wind turbines are not operating optimally and being able to forecast when a failure is imminent could save the wind energy sector millions of euros in preventive repair work. A Eurostars project has developed a sensory-based platform, capable of collecting and analysing enormous amounts of data, to find patterns that show abnormal behaviour. The success of the project has been so great that the team is now looking to apply their innovation to other sectors where structural health is critical.

  • How geospatial data is strengthening business decisions

    A web tool that combines geospatial information with business intelligence can help companies make more informed decisions and enable public authorities to better allocate and manage resources. The software, developed through an innovative Eurostars project GEO Key, is already being used by French authorities, and we expect it to be sold globally.

  • Eureka-backed companies are flexibly redirecting their R&D in response to COVID-19

    The current state of flux from the novel coronavirus strain has resulted in a wave of combined national and EU funding being channelled towards R&D-performing companies, research institutes and universities who are generating tremendous innovative results at lightning speed. Last Friday 15, our multilateral call for solutions for COVID-19 echo period closed with 65 applications, with 12 countries involved. A second call launched the same day. But while plans to fund projects are highly reported on, I want to tell you more about the successes that have already come about from Eureka-backed companies who are flexibly redirecting their R&D in response to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 call for projects open and national initiatives

    As an international network supporting innovation beyond borders, we know that when people work together, extraordinary things can happen.

    In the past weeks, our colleagues across the network have been banging their virtual heads together to put in place support measures for businesses and researchers to find COVID19 solutions.