GlobalStars: a multi-track approach for the internationalisation of EUREKA

The GlobalStars initiative was adopted during the EUREKA network meeting in June 2016 – its aim is to facilitate international R&D&I cooperation between EUREKA countries, including associated countries, and non-EUREKA partner countries. GlobalStars shall be a flexible, reliable, lean and fast instrument allowing global cooperation for EUREKA countries in a variable geometry.

In the framework of a common GlobalStars methodology, calls will be set up following a bottom up approach when it comes to selection of partner country and thematic areas for the call. This means that any Eureka country or group of Eureka countries will be able to propose a partner country for a GlobalStars call and decide on the preferred topics, if any. The final result will be the generation of EUREKA Network and Cluster projects.

Eligibility Criteria for GlobalStars calls

In order to establish a call, the following preconditions must be met:

  • Call collaboration between at least 2 EUREKA members and a GlobalStars partner country (or group of GlobalStars partner countries) outside the EUREKA Network.
  • Or alternatively: Call collaboration between 1 EUREKA member and 1 associated country and a GlobalStars partner country (or group of GlobalStars partner countries) outside the EUREKA Network.
  • On project level in the call, the minimum required number of participants should be 2 independent organisations, 1 organisation from a EUREKA member or associated country and 1 organisation from a GlobalStars partner country.


In today’s global economy, openness to international cooperation is becoming increasingly important. The industry, and especially the SMEs, in Europe and the associated member countries need to access new and emerging markets. The innovation process and value chains in many technological areas and market areas extend beyond the boundaries of the current EUREKA network, indicating a future role for EUREKA as a platform for global industrial R&D&I cooperation. Smart Globalisation was identified as a key priority in the EUREKA Strategic Roadmap 2014-2020.

Read more in the brochure ‘EUREKA beyond Europe – going global smartly’

EUREKA 2020 strategic roadmap

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.