A network for market-oriented R&D (network)

Programme details


A network for market-oriented R&D (network)
Programme type: Networks
Origin: European
Duration: 1985 - Ongoing
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Background & policy context: 

EUREKA is a pan-European network for market-oriented, industrial R&D, ultimately aimed at improving quality of life.

It was established in 1985 by 17 countries and the European Union to encourage a bottom-up approach to technological development and to strengthen the competitive position of European companies on the world market.

Strategic Objectives: 

The objective of EUREKA is to support the competitiveness of European companies through international collaboration, in creating links and networks of innovation. This involves bringing high quality research and development efforts to the market and to use the multiplying effects of co-operation.

EUREKA is tackling the challenge of a swiftly changing business environment and offers a platform for short-term as well as strategic collaboration. It offers flexible and dynamic support, quality label and expertise for market-oriented R&D projects.

It offers a frame for co-operation to small and large companies and operates through its network of national members, while remaining open to global co-operation.

The programme covers 9 themes, of which transport is one.

Programme organisation: 

EUREKA's organisational structure is composed of four main bodies:

1. Ministerial Conference: a minister from each EUREKA member country and a Commissioner from the European Commission meet once a year at the Ministerial Conference, the political body of EUREKA. The Ministerial Conference announces the new projects endorsed during the year. Ministers also take decisions on the further development of EUREKA.

2. High Level Group : meets three or four times a year. Each EUREKA member appoints one representative to this group, which takes decisions on the management of EUREKA and prepares policy discussions for the Ministerial Conference. High Level Representatives are usually named by the Ministry responsible for EUREKA.

3. National Project Coordinators : The National Project Coordinators are the direct contact with EUREKA. They are responsible for contacts with project participants and potential project participants in each member country. They meet four or five times a year and are also responsible for project generation. They advise on funding and smooth the way for setting up a project.

4. The EUREKA Secretariat in Brussels is the central support unit, managing the EUREKA project database and undertaking marketing, communication and network development activities.

The policy context is to improve international collaboration, to facilitate partner searching for projects of mutual interest, and to share results.

Leading Institutions:

Public institution

No fixed leading institution, but current chairmanship is held by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (until June 2003)
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

Funding depends on national rules in each country.

To obtain EUREKA status, an application form must be signed by at least two participants from different EUREKA member countries, before the meeting of the EUREKA High Level Group in which the assignment of EUREKA status to the project will be discussed.

When a project already obtained EUREKA status, other interested organisations can officially be recognised as participants when they satisfy EUREKA criteria and after they have co-signed the application form. A formal collaboration agreement is required between participants in a EUREKA project.

Project participants must provide their national EUREKA office with updates on the project and a brief final report at the end. They must also provide information on the exploitation of project results on a periodic basis.

Participants must include in any project related PR material, the EUREKA logo, the EUREKA number and acronym of the project.

Participating countries: 
European Commission + 33 countries (including almost all of Europe + Turkey, Israel Russia)
Total number of projects: 

2231, of which 149 transport related. 20 projects.

Projects covered: 

Projects cover 9 themes, of which transport is one. The other 8 are Medical and biotechnology, Communications, Energy technology, Environment, Information technology, Lasers, New materials and Robotics/Production automation.

Examples of transport projects are:

- AFS - defining the requirements for advanced front lighting for cars
- TRANSCELOG - model logistic centre project for East-West cargo transport
- Train-Trams - covers Automatic Train Protection and track equipment
- Onboard Invoicing - for invoicing by tankers right after delivery of heating oil
- ENGIN2T2002 - development of a new environmentally-friendly 2-stroke-engine concept for urban vehicles
- COMBI - multi-ticketing for public transport fare collection
- LOGCHAIN LIM - analysis of the requirements of total logistic quality management
- FLITE - improving the quality of information gathered from flight test data
- LPG RAIL - design and testing of a low profile rail and related track concept
- ECOLOGICAL DOCK - development of an environmentally-friendly floating dock

Project Profiles:
  1. A Design to Build Composites Simulation System for Large Transportation Structures
  2. A Logistic Centre at the Point of the Track Gauge Change 1520/1435 in East-West Transport Systems.
  3. A New Design Concept for a Highway Refrigerated Truck And Trailer
  4. A Strategy for Optimal Network Traffic Control
  5. Adaptation of Train Protection Transmission Receiver and Signal Converter to Local Conditions
  6. Advanced Front Lighting System for Cars
  7. Advanced Modelling of Human Body Behaviour in Vehicle Crash Impact Collisions
  8. Advanced Pollution Diagnostic
  9. Advanced Rail Suspension using Fibre-Reinforced Plastics
  10. Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System
  11. Aerodrome VCR - an Air Traffic Control (ATC) Simulator for Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs)
  12. Aircraft Wheel Aluminium Research and Development
  13. Airport Surface Control System
  14. Analysing the Flow of Traffic Goods - North Sea/North Rhine-Westphalia/Balkans
  15. Application of Steel Panels into Ship Structural Designs
  16. Assessment of Building an Ecological Mountain Railway as an Element of Steady Development of a Tourist Region in Poland
  17. Automatic Refuelling System for Vehicles
  18. Building of Advanced Freight Chains and Logistics Technology (Umbrella action: Generates Projects, but does not carry out R&D)
  19. Carminat System
  20. Combicard - Combined Contactless and Contact Smartcard Payment Media Fare Collection System
  21. Compartment Cassette-Handling System
  22. Comprehensive Automobile Research and Development Simulator
  23. Concept for High Trade Centres
  24. Conically Adjustable Propulsion System for Marine Applications
  25. Controlled Advanced Transmission for Scooters
  26. Controlled Power Turning of Sections of Low-Floor Trams
  27. Coordinated and Advanced Demand-Responsive Transport System
  28. Cyprus Water Project
  29. Defining road and rail vehicles with a low environmental footprint
  30. Development of a Four-Stroke, Off-Road Engine with an Electronic Injection System
  31. Development of a New Fleet Management and Communications System for European Passenger Transport Fleets, Mainly Taxis, to Improve Efficiency and Safety
  32. Development of a New, Ultralight Aircraft
  33. Development of a Piezoelectric Sound System Mainly for Automotive Applications
  34. Development of an Asynchronous Driving Unit
  35. Development of an Ultra-Lightweight City Bus
  36. Development of Error Prediction Techniques for the Design and Certification of Aircraft Flight Decks
  37. Development of Lightweight Semi-Trailer Incorporating New Materials Resulting in Improved Structure and Components
  38. Development of Lightweight Springs and Suspension Components for Vehicles using Fibre-Reinforced Plastics
  39. Development of Methods and Products to Perform Uncommitted Diagnosis on Recent and Future Cars
  40. Development of Mobile Slaughterhouses including Docking Facilities
  41. Development of Production Technologies for Extensive Fibre Composite Structures for Self-Supporting RCC Car Body
  42. Development of Software for Railway Planning
  43. Diesel-Electric Azimuthal, Multi-Propulsion System for Marine Vessels
  44. Digital Electronic Mapping of European Territory
  45. Digital Equipment to be Fitted on Transport Vehicles Using a Card which will Indicate and Record Service/Movement Times
  46. Direct Charge of Electric Vehicles from Hydro-Electric Power Plants using Fast Charging Equipment
  47. Direct Rendering of Accounts for Heating Oil Distribution from Delivery Tankers
  48. Economic Study Into Investment In An Automatic Rail Gauge Change System Within Pan-Corridor 1
  49. Efficient Ship Machinery Arrangement
  50. Electrical Vehicle Globally Innovative for the Environment
  51. Electronic Publishing of Cartographic and Geographic Databases
  52. En Route Applied Data Communications
  53. Environment Friendly Ships for Baltic Area
  54. Environmentally Friendly Floating Docks
  55. Environmentally-Friendly Painting Concept for the Automotive Industry
  56. Ergonomic Chassis for Refuse Collector Trucks
  57. ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) for Cross-Country Vehicles with Permanent 4-Wheel Drive and Engageable Longitudinal and Transverse Locks
  58. European Road Transport Information Services
  59. Eurotranspack (Doppel-Decker Markentransport)
  60. Fire Protection in Traffic Tunnels
  61. Flight Test Easy
  62. Flow Induced Noise and Vibration Modelling in the Transportation Industry
  63. Fog Detection and Drivers' Warning System
  64. Free Style Car Head Lamp
  65. Free-Ranging Automated Industrial Transport
  66. Freightchain: Re-Engineering East-West Rail Cargo Flows for Service and Speed
  67. Gate Turn Off Thyristors
  68. German-Polish Virtual Logistics Broker System
  69. Guided Bus System - Feasibility Study
  70. High Powered Electric Podded Propulsion Unit for Marine Vessels
  71. High Speed Continuous Rail Expansion Joints
  72. Holographic Modal Testing System
  73. Ibdm Bridge Pre-Stressing System for Multi-Strands
  74. Improving East-West Freight Flow
  75. Improving Thin Sheet Use
  76. Innovative Podded Propulsion by a Dolphin
  77. Integrated Machine Guidance Instruments
  78. Integrated Motion Sensor And Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Engine
  79. Integrated Structural and Comfort Monitoring System for High Speed Passenger Ferries
  80. Inter-Urban Control System of Access Roads
  81. Joining Metals and Composites by Adhesive Bonding Advanced Lightweight Design Concepts
  82. Kerosene-Burning Rotary Aviation Engine
  83. Klippan Isofix Safety System
  84. Linear Train Motor
  85. Logistic Improvement Management
  86. Logistic Yield Raising Information and Control System
  87. Low Profile Grooved Rail Track for Light Rail Transport (LRT)
  88. Mechanised Tunnelling Under High Overburden
  89. Mini Water-Land-Bridge between the Inland Port of Nuremberg and the Adriatic Port of Koper (Slovenia)
  90. Model-Based Structural Monitoring using In-Operation System Identification
  91. Modern Tramway of Lightweight Construction with Emphasis on Low-Cost, Low Transmitted Noise and Vibration Levels
  92. Modernisation of Diesel Traction Vehicles for East-West Transit Services on the Wide-Gauge Metallurgic Railway Line
  93. Multimodal Swedish-German Services Instigating An Innovative Conveyor Belt Rail Production Scheme And EDI System
  94. New 2-Stroke Engine Concept for Urban Vehicles
  95. New Cleaning Technology to Remove Sticky Transported Material from Conveyor Belts
  96. No Evaporation Injected Fuel Tank System
  97. Optimization and Diagnostics of Condition of the Tractive Accumulator as an Ecological Source of Electric Power
  98. Overhead Crane Bridge Intelligent Control System
  99. Performa Data Service
  100. Personal Independent - Commuter Vehicle
  101. Piezoactive Motors for Electric Components In Aircraft
  102. Piezoactive Motors for More Aircraft
  103. Polyvalent Sea Vessel Capable of both Surface and Submerged Displacement
  104. Power Range Engine with Fully Integrated Electronic Control System for High Efficiency Low Emission Vehicles
  105. Pre-Development of Driver-Assistance Equipment
  106. Processing of Class-A Surface SMC (Sheet Moulding Compounds)
  107. Programme for a European Traffic System with Highest Efficiency and Unprecedented Safety
  108. Rail Road Transportation System
  109. Railway Signalling System
  110. Reinforced Track Structure with a Use of Modified Y-Shaped Steel Sleeper
  111. Relating the Environmental Footprint of a Vehicle to the Lifetime Cost of Maintaining the Infrastructure
  112. Reliability of Electrical and Electronic Linkages In Motor Cars
  113. Research into New Products and Processes to Lighten an Automotive Sound Deadener System
  114. Research into the Behaviour of a New Profile
  115. Research on Concrete Road Surfaces at Low Temperatures
  116. Research on Heating and Air Conditioning Systems for European Cars
  117. Safe and Environmentally Friendly Passenger Ships
  118. Safety and Monitoring of East-West Transportation Systems
  119. Samovar Houses Transportation by Manoeuvrable Aerostat-powered Vehicle
  120. Sea-Land Intermodal Transport Along the Gdansk-Odessa Transport Corridor
  121. Single Grip Harvester for Russian Private Forestry Sector
  122. Sliding Carpet
  123. Small, Enclosed Four-Wheel Drive Car Equipped with a Hybrid Drive and Interchangeable Rear Section
  124. Smart on the Bus Fleet
  125. Software Technology for Planning, Maintenance, Management of Municipal Infrastructure including Roads And Streets
  126. Step and Gap Acquisition System without Contact by Digital Photogrammetry Technique
  127. Structural Automotive Functions Fiber Reinforcements
  128. Study for Cast Doors
  129. Systematic Investigation And Improvement of Safety Brakes in Elevators
  130. Test Methods for Product Protection During Distribution within Europe
  131. Traffic Management and Control System for the City of Poznan
  132. Traffic Priority in City Traffic
  133. Train Position Locator for Electric Railways
  134. Transportation of Drinking and Consumer Water
  135. Truck and Coach Simulator
  136. Two Wheels Optimization
  137. Tyre Friction Remote Sensor using Giant Magneto-Impendence
  138. Ultrasonic Humidification System for Transport
  139. Universal Light Transport Display and Motion Articulated Training Equipment
  140. Universal System for Vehicle Automation
  141. Vehicle Discharge Light System
  142. Vehicle Val Nouvelle Génération
  143. Zero Emission Public Transport for Urban Areas
Contact Name: 
Mr Heikki Kotilainen (Head of Secretariat)
EUREKA Secretariat
Rue Neerveld, 107
Contact country: 
+32 2 777 09 77
Fax Number: 
+32 2 770 74 95