The EUREKA initiative is an intergovernmental network seeking to connect SMEs and research institutes with a view to implementing joint, market-oriented applied research and/or development projects.
Its main objectives are to:
- improve European competitiveness;
- promote market-oriented R&TD cooperation projects;
- promote industrial research through involvement of industries, enterprises, universities and research institutes;
- contribute to the uptake of state-of-the-art technologies;
- generate innovative products, processes and services.
More than 40 countries participate in the EUREKA network. Greece was one of its early members, having joined EUREKA in 1997.
The EUREKA top governing body is the Ministerial Conference, which sets out its general principles and orientation. The Conference Chair rotates among the EUREKA member countries yearly -usually every June-July.
The national representative body (High-Level Group), comprising one representative from each EUREKA member country, is responsible for the endorsement of projects submitted to EUREKA for funding. There are EUREKA Offices in each member country run by the National Project Coordinators who are the contact points with EUREKA services.
The network is supported by the EUREKA Secretariat, based in Brussels.
The EUREKA cooperation instruments are the following:
- EUREKA Network Projects
- EUREKA Clusters
- EUREKA Umbrellas.
FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Mihalis Kotsias (International/Transnational Organizations Department), National Representative at the High-Level Group and National Project Coordinator
Tel. no: 213 1300115
Peggy Katsafana (International/Transnational Organizations Department), financial officer and alternate National Project Coordinator