From July 2019 to June 2020, the Netherlands will be chairing Eureka, intergovernmental partnership for innovation.
The Dutch Eureka presidency will focus on two strategic priorities: namely “Development of the Eurostars-3 program” and “Revitalization of Eureka clusters”.
During the Netherlands’ Chairmanship, a new EUREKA Eurostars-3 programme will be designed in close cooperation with all members and the European Commission. This will create a window of opportunity to further improve the programme, review the evaluation process and make this instrument for innovative SMEs, which is already unique to the European innovation landscape, even more agile.
On the other hand, EUREKA considers it is the right time to review the Cluster concept and develop a new Cluster model that is fit for the future. Based on the Eureka Clusters, there remains a role in the future for international R&D collaboration. Eureka’s future thematic ecosystem programme must be based on the Eureka DNA, which is complementary to industrial partnership programmes offered by the EU (most notably ECSEL), particularly regarding its SME orientation: its bottom-up project generation, the coaching between participants in Clusters and greater involvement of national innovation agencies.
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