Artificial Intelligence concept: human head outline with circuit board insideThe Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021 has €30 million available for innovative projects in artificial intelligence (AI). The competition aims to boost the productivity and competitiveness of European industries through the adoption and use of AI systems and services.

This competition previously opened in 2020. Due to the interest that was shown, as well as the national priorities of participating countries, Eureka has decided to launch the call again. It hopes that by paving the way for transnational collaborative projects, the competition will stimulate activity in AI. This will support economic growth and benefit society as a whole.

Participating Countries

The following countries have allocated funds to support ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovations: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey. Please note that the UK is not participating in this call.

  • The call is open to large enterprises, SMEs, Research & Technology Organisations (RTOs), and academia. Eureka has specifically encouraged SMEs to participate.
  • The consortium should include at least two companies from different Eureka participating countries.
  • The product, process or service must be innovative and there must be a technological risk involved.
  • The project should generate an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the technological cooperation between the participants.
  • The proposal should highlight any economic and societal benefits that the project will have.
  • Eureka anticipates “mid-size” projects with eligible costs in the range of €3-€15 million, but they will assess project proposals that fall outside of this range.
Why Participate?

Eureka expects this call to have a success rate of 30%! This is far above the average success rates of other innovation funding competitions, including those run by Innovate UK and the EIC. You can read more about average success rates here. You will also benefit from exposure to a large network of organisations from countries in Europe and beyond. In addition, you will have access to free coaching throughout the development and execution of your project.

The Eureka Clusters AI call is open from 1st March until 28th June. You can find more information on the competition page and apply via the submission portal. If you’re looking for support for your application, please contact us today; we’d love to hear your ideas!