EUREKA is a publicly-funded, intergovernmental network, involving over 40 countries. EUREKA aims to enhance European competitiveness by fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship in Europe, between small and large industries, research institutes, and universities.

The EUREKA programme can be divided into three instruments:

  • Clusters are initiated by European industries and are long-term, strategically significant initiatives that develop technologies of key importance for European competitiveness. Addressing the needs of both large companies and SMEs, they are the engine for industrial innovation and economic growth. Read more on creating or joining Eureka Clusters here external link icon.
  • Network projects are market-driven innovative R&D projects, devised and run by an international consortium. At EUREKA, these projects are labelled, and project participants often find funding and support through the national innovation agencies and public administrations that make up the EUREKA network. Read more on turning your idea into a Eureka Network Project here external link icon.
  • The Eurostars programme is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission and the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to research-performing SMEs. Read more on Eurostars grants on the Circular City Funding Guide here.

What is the relevance for Circular Cities?

The EUREKA programme is focused on innovation-driven entrepreneurs working together with research institutes and universities. Under the Eurostars programme, funding is focused on research-performing SMEs. Have a look at the EUREKA programme website external link icon to learn from previously funded circular projects.

As a city government, you can help innovation-driven companies by pointing them to the opportunity of the EUREKA programme and putting them in contact with universities or research institutes. In addition, you can strengthen the knowledge base on the circular economy in your city by encouraging local universities and research institutes to participate in relevant EUREKA networks.

How to apply?

Companies or research institutes that want to apply for one of the EUREKA instruments can check the open calls on the EUREKA website external link icon.