In 1985, visionary politicians and policymakers came together with a seemingly simple idea: to mobilise the huge innovative potential of European businesses and academia through public support and promotion of cross border collaboration in applied R&D.
Thirty-five years and 7,500 R&D projects later, their brainchild lives on – and is more relevant than ever. It is called Eureka.
Eureka’s birthday week celebrates those great visionaries, and the international collaborative projects and 48 billion euro of public-private investment that their vision has so far spawned.
But it is also an opportunity to look to the future, to a new Eureka – and to the crucial role it has to play in the emerging European Innovation Area.