Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

EUREKA Annual Report 1996

The 1996 Annual Report on the EUREKA initiative has recently been published. EUREKA, launched in 1985, stimulates cooperation between high-technology European companies and research institutes, and now has 24 member countries.

Major events during 1996 included the adoption of...
The 1996 Annual Report on the EUREKA initiative has recently been published. EUREKA, launched in 1985, stimulates cooperation between high-technology European companies and research institutes, and now has 24 member countries.

Major events during 1996 included the adoption of EUREKA's third medium term plan, which establishes the framework and direction for its activities until the end of the century. The plan was developed following an independent evaluation of EUREKA, and aims to reorient the initiative to face the challenges posed by increased pressure on public R&D funding and globalization. The plan identifies seven key issues:

- Improving EUREKA's attractiveness and project quality;
- Initiating strategic projects;
- Improving funding possibilities;
- Enhancing synergy between EUREKA, the EU and other European R&D initiatives;
- Integration of Central and Eastern Europe;
- Strengthening links with activities outside Europe;
- Better dialogue across Europe.

In 1996, 156 new projects were endorsed, while 170 participants joined existing projects. The total number of on-going projects has now reached 700, with combined costs of ECU 11 billion. At the other end of the process, 122 projects were completed in 1996, bringing the total of completed projects in the eleven years of EUREKA's activities to 360. Of the new projects, SMEs account for 40% of the participants.

Related information

Follow us on: RSS Facebook Twitter YouTube Managed by the EU Publications Office Top