Eureka Clusters

Are you looking to collaborate on an international and industry-driven R&D project that covers a whole value chain?

Eureka Clusters are thematic programmes driven by communities of large companies, SMEs, universities, research institutes and end users. Access national funding and work alongside major industry players on close-to-market projects that meet your innovation objectives.

  • 1.5B€ TOTAL PUBLIC/ PRIVATE INVESTMENT SINCE 2014
  • 6.75M€ AVERAGE PROJECT COST
  • 190 PROJECTS FUNDED SINCE 2014
  • 443 PARTICIPANTS PER YEAR (AVERAGE)

The perfect combination

Create or join a versatile consortium with organisations of all types and sizes. The benefit of this model is that:

  • SMEs (who make up almost half of all participants) can collaborate with and receive advice and support from industry leaders,
  • industry leaders discover the specialised knowledge and abilities of SMEs, universities and research institutes and
  • universities and research institutes can enhance their scope and accelerate the transfer of academic research results into pre-commercial projects.

Cluster programmes are flexible to meet your R&D needs: projects can involve any number of partners (and often have many participants). Build a consortium that is the optimum size for you to achieve the best results for your project.

A rewarding experience for companies

  • Participating companies see an average annual turnover increase of 13%
  • R&D relationships established in innovation ecosystems convert to long-term business relationships
  • Project collaborations help companies to scale up and increase their competitiveness
  • Companies learn valuable skills that make them attractive to investors
  • New startups are formed

Nurturing success

Almost half of applications through the Clusters benefit from public funding. This high success rate is largely because of the technical and administrative support and guidance provided by the Cluster offices when you are developing your project proposal and the opportunity for constant dialogue with your national funding body.

The Clusters have information days for applicants and prospective project partners that also act as highly efficient networking events. Here you can present your project idea, learn about other organisations’ expertise and expand your project consortium.

Your final project proposal is evaluated by expert reviewers who provide feedback and recommend improvements to help your project to succeed.

Who can participate?

Any organisation is welcome to participate in a Cluster project. Contact your national funding body and the Cluster offices to discover whether you and your project idea are eligible to receive funding for your project costs.

The Cluster programmes have regular calls for projects announced on our call for projects page and the individual Clusters websites (links below).

Choose your Cluster

  • CELTIC-NEXT (funded)

    Next-generation communications

    CELTIC-NEXT supports projects in the information and communications technology (ICT) domain and vertical sectors. If your organisation is interested in developing high-performance communications networks to improve data-rich applications and advanced services, contact CELTIC-NEXT.

    Discover CELTIC-NEXT
  • EURIPIDES²

    Smart electronic systems

    EURIPIDES² drives projects related to smart electronic systems integration embracing the electronic components and systems (ECS) sectors. Input your expertise into the development of materials, equipment, technologies, components and embedded and integrated systems.

    Discover EURIPIDES²
  • EUROGIA2020

    Sustainable energy solutions

    EUROGIA2020 projects develop clean, energy efficient technologies and low carbon solutions for energy generation, distribution and storage. With EUROGIA2020, you would be helping to develop an inclusive and sustainable energy transition.

    Discover EUROGIA2020
  • ITEA 3

    Software innovation

    ITEA 3 enables software innovation projects in the smart mobility, smart cities, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, engineering and safety and security sectors. Push the boundaries of technology fields like AI, big data, simulation and high-performance computing into applications.

    Discover ITEA 3
  • Metallurgy Europe (funded)

    Metal optimisation

    Metallurgy Europe supports projects optimising material discovery (e.g. for use in renewable energy production), recycling, design and processing. Join projects that aim to improve key industrial applications.

    Discover Metallurgy Europe
  • PENTA (funded)

    Micro and nanoelectronics

    PENTA projects develop micro- and nanoelectronics-enabled systems and applications along the electronic components and systems (ECS) value chain. With PENTA, your organisation could play a key role in enabling the digital economy.

    Discover PENTA
  • SMART

    Advanced manufacturing

    SMART projects support the adoption, integration and upskilling of advanced and discrete manufacturing technologies. Your input could help production companies navigate the global shift to advanced manufacturing.

    Discover SMART

They are part of a Cluster

  • Siemens
  • Turkcell
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Bosch
  • Airbus
  • Nokia
  • BT
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • green power labs
  • Philips
  • Orange