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EUREKA Inter-Cluster joint call on international innovation projects within AI

The clusters within the international innovation network EUREKA are for the first time joining up in a call for proposals focusing on artificial intelligence. The initiative is a unique opportunity for Swedish industry and academia to cooperate with leading international actors within many technology areas related to AI.

The offer in brief

What can you apply for?

The call for proposal is a unique opportunity for Swedish industry and academia in virtually all technology areas to collaborate with leading international actors to advance their positions in the AI area in collaboration with leading international actors.

Who can apply?

International collaboration projects with participation from Swedish industry and / or academia, in virtually all technology areas.

How much can you apply for?

There is no upper limit, but we finance a maximum of 50 percent of the project´s eligible costs. We usually finance from 2 million up to about SEK 25 million. Projects generally run over three years but may be shorter.

Important dates

  • What is the offer about

    To promote international cooperation in research, development and innovation, applicants can in this call for proposals apply for financing for industry driven and market oriented cluster projects with a focus on artificial intelligence.

    Cluster projects mean international cooperation between large and small companies, academia and research institutes to strengthen European competitiveness. EUREKA clusters are strategic and thematic initiatives initiated by European industry.

    So far, 15 countries have committed to this call for proposals. In addition to European countries Canada and South Korea are also participating. This effort is a unique opportunity for Swedish industry and academia to advance their positions and create common opportunities within artificial intelligence.

    Participating EUREKA clusters are ITEA3, CELTIC-NEXT, Eurogia 2020, Penta and Euripides2. You can read more about the clusters and examples of their existing funded projects on their respective websites.

    Read more about EUREKA clusters (in Swedish) on Vinnova’s website: 

    The projects

    We encourage applicants to collaborate across sectors, such as across different technology areas and the EUREKA clusters’ traditional focus areas.

    More information will be published on the call’s website.

    Cluster projects usually have between 4 to 20 project participants and the total international budget usually ranges between 2 to 20 M€. Actors from at least 2 different countries need to cooperate. It is expected that many project budgets in this call will range between 3 to 6 M€.

    Take the opportunity to already now sketch on projects and network with possible partners. All participating clusters will initiate different types of activities to ease and support the formation of consortia. They can be contacted directly.

    Application and application process

    You can apply for funding to develop technology, products and services for an international market, to solve an industrial challenge or to develop new standards or standardization processes, with a focus on artificial intelligence.

    The call opens on 1 April and closes on 15 June. Projects can start from December 2020.

    International application

    The application will be performed in one step via and with one application template that is common for all clusters. One step means that applicants does not first submit a Project Outline for assessment, which is the usual process for EUREKA Clusters. Instead, the full application is submitted directly, for an assessment on central and national level.

    National application

    Anyone who intends to submit an international application must also contact Vinnova early in the process to obtain information on our criteria and national application. A shorter national application must be submitted directly to Vinnova on latest 15 June in parallel with the international application.

    You make your national proposal no later than June 15 via a special link sent to you. Tell us your interest in submitting a national proposal well in advance so that we can give you access to the application link. Our contact information can be found below. Email us all when you make this request.

    Vinnova will apply the same rules as for the other EUREKA cluster calls. Please note that the process described in the below document is replaced by the above mentioned one step process.

    Any questions?

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

    Fredrik Weisner


    + 4684733180

    Jessica Svennebring

    Programledare EUREKA kluster

    + 4684733134

    Frédéric Pillot


    + 4684733201

    Reference number 2020-00778

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