Published on 08 Aug 2017
· EUREKA Cluster project participants showed 13% additional annual turnover growth and 7% additional employment growth
The impact of participation in EUREKA Cluster projects
A consortium led by Prognos AG and its research partners, Joanneum Research and Professor
Cincera (Université Libre de Bruxelles) carried out an Impact Assessment of EUREKA
Network Projects and EUREKA Cluster
projects. All participants in projects which received the EUREKA label in the period of
as a Network or as a Cluster Project, were studied.
the full EUREKA Impact assessment report
Key facts from the report are:
- Annual turnover of firms in EUREKA R&D projects develops significantly better
turnover of non-participants:
one year after the end of projects, project participants showed an additional annual
turnover growth of 15% (Network
Projects) and 13% (Cluster Projects) compared to non-participating firms.
Clear examples of business impact in ITEA are shown by the results of e.g.:
- the Digital Cinema project. In 2012, Barco, project leader of the
Digital Cinema project, employed 3725 people and realised a revenue
of €1.156 billion. We estimate that close to 10% of Barco's
Europe is active in the area of Digital Cinema (direct and
- the SoRTS project that finished in December 2016 and was led by
Philips. With the key innovations from this
project, Philips MRI will sell 50-100 systems in Europe on a new
meaning an addition of more than 5% to the present MRI market
of €4.5 billion.
- Development of employment is also positive: one year after the end of
participants showed an
additional annual employment growth of 4% (Network Projects) and 7% (Cluster Projects)
compared to non-participating
firms. In terms of firms' size, differences are observed: large companies (firms with
than 250 employees)
experienced the highest performances one year after project completion.
Only to mention a few examples from ITEA:
- the SCALARE project enabled Husqvarna to make the digital transition
and saw its team of
4-5 software developers
expand to more than 40 people.
- Thanks to the business impact coming from the results of the
DIAMONDS project, SME
Montimage's workforce almost
- Participating firms expect a strengthened economic positioning
through the EUREKA
project, with the entering of
new markets (69% of survey respondents), improved market shares (68%),
and increased exports
(67%) being the most
- International co-operations (more than 70%) and new business
opportunities (more than
60%) are the most relevant
motivation for participation in EUREKA according to survey respondents.
- High degree of flexibility of EUREKA, building upon a strong
bottom-up approach, is an
essential asset from the
perspective of many participating firms.
In ITEA, we value the flexibility and bottom-up approach of our
programme and our
satisfaction surveys show that
ITEA project partners also highly appreciate this. Check out some
testimonials on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWxpjchmkHs
The report highlights that the synchronisation and the acceleration of funding decisions are
still priority #1 on the agenda for improvement. This is also the case for ITEA. Since ITEA
3 Call 1 in 2014, we have taken several actions to improve this, e.g. a shift in the ITEA
Call calendar, to be more aligned with the national funding calendars, monthly monitoring
with the Public Authorities and closer follow-up of the status of the national applications.
Thanks to these actions, we reduced the time from idea to project start from 24 months, for
ITEA 2 Call 6, to 15 months for ITEA 3 Call 2, meaning that more than 50% of the projects
started between 5 to 9 months after submission of the Full Project Proposal (FPP). Now it is
part of our daily work and it will be further monitored as an ITEA Key Performance
Be part of our next Call and grow!
If you have a software (related) business and you are ready to realise an increased turnover and
employment rate, don't miss the opportunity to join the next ITEA 3 Call. It will open in
conjunction with the
ITEA Project Outline
(PO) Preparation Days in Berlin on 12&13 September. This event is the perfect way to
jump-start your preparations
for an ITEA Project Outline.
For more information and registration, visit the ITEA PO Days 2017 webpages
"The continuous and constructive mentoring of ITEA, from project idea to exploitation, with its business impact-driven approach helped us to reach the full potential of the project."
Adrien Bécue, ADAX project leader of the Award winning ITEA project ADAX
and Head of Research & Technology at Airbus Cybersecurity