Submitting a Successful Proposal
ECP proposals should primarily target taking technologies beyond the State-of-the-Art in whichever targeted application domains are addressed. Innovative projects are always welcome.
The EUREKA Cluster Calls are looking for projects that will form innovative ecosystems that will enable advances in the State-of-the-Art and result in opportunities for commercial and/or societal impact in the application areas addressed.
The intent is to bring together partners from across the broad AI adopters Community of all types (Large Enterprise, SME’s, Research & Technology Organisations and Universities) into collaborative teams that will be able to demonstrate a high impact in the chosen application area at the end of the project.
Different sizes of projects may be recommended for different calls, depending on the ambitions of the specific calls, but the bottom-up approach is always open for projects of any size to be submitted for evaluation.
As always, it is essential that project partners hold in depth meetings with the representatives of the Public Authorities in the countries from which they wish to gain support, to understand detailed eligibility requirements.
Eligibility criteria for Project Proposals
Proposals must meet the following criteria:
- The consortium should include at least two companies from different EUREKA participating countries. The participation of research institutes/universities is welcome according to each country’s funding regulations.
- The project partners must express their willingness to cooperate, on a win-win/fair basis in the development of a new product, industrial process Industry standard or service.
- The product, process or service must be innovative and there must be a technological risk involved.
- The project should benefit all involved partners in a well-balanced consortium. SME’s are explicitly encouraged to participate in the proposals.
- The project should generate an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the technologic cooperation between the participants (new technologies, standardisation, prototyping, field trials, new or improves products, increased knowledge, access to R&D infrastructure etc.).
- Economic and Societal benefits to be obtained (where relevant) must be highlighted in the project proposal.
- A project consortium or cooperation agreement (PCA) must be signed between the project partners as soon as possible after the project starts. PCA templates are available for use if required.
Any organisation whose collaborative industrial research and innovation project is consistent with the above criteria can apply to the Call and funding could be provided by each funding agency afterwards in accordance with their national participation procedures, and subject to budgetary availability.
Each participating funding body may apply additional eligibility criteria based on their national regulations. Applicants are strongly advised to contact their funding body, prior to submitting their application, to discuss their project idea and check the national eligibility criteria which would apply to their participation in the project.
Partners from other EUREKA countries or countries outside of EUREKA can also participate, but funding must be secured within these countries.