Eureka Clusters AI Call
On April 1, the Eureka Clusters Celtic-Next, Eurogia, ITEA, PENTA and Euripides opened the Eureka
Clusters AI Call for projects. The aim of this Call is to boost the productivity and competitiveness of
European industries through the adoption and use of AI systems and services.
Artificial Intelligence is a rapidly developing technology with the potential to influence or transform almost
every aspect of the economy and society. Indepth knowledge and leadership in eveloping and applying this
powerful capability is an essential requirement, if industry is to maintain its leadership in multiple
application areas, or take advantage of new opportunities.
The Call was looking for projects that form innovative ecosystems, with AI at their core, that enable advances in
the State-of-the-Art and result in opportunities for commercial and societal impact in the application areas
addressed. The intent was to bring together partners from across the broad AI adopters Community of all types
(Large Enterprise,SMEs, Research & Technology Organisations and Universities) into collaborative teams that are
able to demonstrate a high impact in the chosen application area at the end of the project.
Within the Eureka framework, this Call on AI has
so far received over 40 Million Euros of funding
commitments and expressions of support from
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland,
Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, the
Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea,
Spain, Sweden and Turkey.
Also the interest from industry was significant.
With 109 project ideas and over 700 contacts
that created a profile for the Partner search,
the interest in the AI Call was clearly visible
in the Brokerage tool that ITEA built for this
purpose. At the deadline of 15 June, over 40
project proposals were submitted, of which 27
opted for ITEA as (primary) Cluster. One project
consortium chose ITEA as secondary Cluster.
All submitted proposals in this Call represent
a potential total investment of well over 200
Million Euros, where ITEA has over 160 Million
Euros in AI, mainly in Europe.
Currently, the submitted project proposals are being reviewed by experts of all involved Clusters. Proposals will
be assessed for technical quality. National Public Authorities will check the eligibility of all participants to
receive funding support. The results of the reviews will be available early November at the latest.This Eureka Clusters AI Call was a first Call for projects organised together with a set of other Eureka
Clusters. In the future, similar Calls can be set up, next to the yearly Cluster Calls for projects, whenever
there is an important overlapping topic to boost the productivity and competitiveness of European
More information on this Call can be found on https://eureka-clusters-ai.eu/
The Eureka Clusters Programme
In June 2020, a new model for Eureka Clusters
was approved under name of ECP, the Eureka
Cluster Programme. Additional to the bottom-up
Calls of each Cluster, there will be Joint Calls on
new subjects where Communities of Clusters
may work collaboratively. Experience on the AI
Call will be used to optimise the approach for
this new type of Call under the ECP. A Multi-
Annual Plan and Annual Operation Plans for
the ECP will be prepared by Clusters and Public
Authorities, so that the strategies of Cluster
Communities and Public Authorities will be
aligned. This new model has been successfully
designed during the Dutch Eureka Chairmanship
and Austria will finalise the implementation plan
during its forthcoming Chairmanship. ITEA is
looking forward to this next step in the future of