The EUREKA Cluster ITEA is a transnational and industry-driven Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) programme in the domain of software innovation. ITEA enables a global and knowledgeable community to collaborate in funded projects that turn innovative ideas into new businesses, jobs, economic growth and benefits for society.

ITEA stimulates innovation projects in a global community of large industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, academia and customer organisations. ITEA’s bottom-up project creation ensures that the project ideas are industry-driven, based on actual customer needs and focussed on impact. Impact is one of the core values in ITEA: impact on business, economy and society and it is central during the project lifecycle. ITEA provides full-cycle project monitoring to improve quality and value creation of projects. ITEA is publicly funded on a national level. An early dialogue between project teams and Public Authorities supports the best possible opportunities for project funding.


In a rapidly changing society where societal challenges are omnipresent, digitisation is no longer an option but should be regarded as the opportunity to create innovative solutions. Digital technology will be applied in all aspects of society, touching every element of people’s lives. Software innovation is a core component for mastering this Digital Transition and this is the main focus of ITEA.

ITEA is committed to enable businesses, with the involvement of their customers, to create innovative solutions that master the Digital Transition and tackle the major challenges in a way that really helps bring society forward. ITEA encourages its global Community to create impact and value through R&D&I projects in the area of Software Innovation with the knowledge of industry and the capability of national financing.

Funding rules

National applications for funding should be submitted after ITEA labelling (or earlier depending on national procedures). Since the deadline for such submissions varies from country to country, each project partner should get in touch with the relevant public authority’s contact person well in advance to know the deadline, the information to be gathered and/or the forms to be filled in. More information here.

Once a year, ITEA offers the opportunity to submit research project proposals that fit in the domain of software-intensive systems and services. For this purpose, a Call is organised each year starting with a two-day brokerage event. In a two-stage procedure, the quality of the project proposal is evaluated and improved, finally leading to a selection of high quality project proposals that receive the official ITEA label.

Two-stage Call process

  1. Producing a Project Outline (PO), which gives a short overview of a project. Project Outlines which are positively evaluated are invited for the second step;
  2. Producing a Full Project Proposal (FPP), which describes the project plan and how the project will be executed and managed. Approved FPPs will receive the ITEA label.

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.