About Eureka

Pan-European framework for research and development cooperation through which industry and research institutes from 27 European countries and the European Union develop and exploit the technologies crucial to global competitiveness and a better quality of life.

EUREKA is a pan-European network for market-oriented, industrial R&D.

EUREKA supports the competitiveness of European companies through international collaboration, in creating links and networks of innovation. The objective is to bring high quality research and development efforts to the market and to use the multiplying effects of co-operation. The aim is to advance and improve the quality of life

EUREKA is tackling the challenge of a swiftly changing business environment and offers a platform for short-term as well as strategic collaboration. It offers flexible and dynamic support, quality label and expertise for market-oriented R&D projects.

EUREKA offers a frame for co-operation to small and large companies alike and operates through its network of members from Iceland to Turkey, from Portugal to Russia, while always remaining open to global co-operation.



EUREKA was established in 1985 by 17 countries and the European Union to encourage a bottom-up approach to technological development and to strengthen the competitive position of European companies on the world market.


Main highlights

1985-1988 : Establishment of procedures and infrastructure
Growth of network to include all of Western Europe and Turkey.
Project Generation 
1985 = 10 new projects
1986 = 99 new projects
1987 = 58 new projects
1988 = 54 new projects
1989-1995 : Opening to Central and Eastern Europe
Lillehammer Award created 1st winner E!160 FERMSEP.
Project Generation 
1989 = 89 new projects
1990 = 91 new projects
1991 = 121 new projects
1992 = 102 new projects
1993 = 193 new projects
1994 = 144 new projects
1995 = 147 new projects
1996-2001 : Responding to Globalisation
Introduction of guidelines for Cluster projects
Lynx Award created - 1st winner Coheris.
Project Generation 
1996 = 155 new projects
1997 = 155 new projects
1998 = 186 new projects
1999 = 153 new projects + 3 clusters
2000 = 160 new projects
2001 = 190 new projects
2002 : Shaping the European Researh Area
Inventory of national evaluation procedures
Project Generation 
2002 = 171 new projects including 2 umbrellas
2003 : Reaching a common understanding on the quality of EUREKA projects. Increasing the efficiency of EUREKA's organisation and decision making.         Proposing an 'ERA' pilot project in biotechnology "New Safer Medicines Faster".
Project Generation 
2003 = 168 new projects including 1 umbrella