EUREKA is a Europe-wide network for industrial research and development. Its main aim is strengthening European competitiveness in field of R&D by promoting market-driven collaborative research and technology development, involving industry and research institutes across Europe, using advanced technologies. EUREKA projects are aimed to result in advanced, cost-effective and competitive:
Substantial feature of EUREKA is "bottom-up" approach. The initiative comes from the potential project participants - they select project themes. There are no centralized funds for project support. Each country finances their EUREKA project participants.
At present there are 37 countries and European Union (as organization) in EUREKA. Latvia is a full member of EUREKA Programme since July, 2000.
More information on EUREKA, member countries, data on the National project coordinators and project data base can be found on EUREKA Secretariat (Brussels) web page: www.eureka.be
LATVIAN NATIONAL PROJECT COORDINATION CENTRE
Latvia has become a full member of international EUREKA organization in June, 2000.
The Latvian EUREKA National Project Coordination (NPC) Centre is located in:
Latvian Academy of Sciences, Centre of European
National Project Coordinator: Dr. Ilze Beverte
Ph.mob. (+371) 29 464 250
Latvian NPC Centre concentrates its activities in the following main directions:
I. Dissemination of information about possibilities of EUREKA programme:
II Project partner search:
III Work with the potential project applicants:
The Latvian NPC is constantly keeping contacts with EUREKA Secretariat and NPC-s of the other member countries.
EUREKA PROJECTS WITH LATVIAN PARTICIPANTS
1) E! 294 BIOMATERIALS
2) E! 888 EUROSPRINGS
3) E! 1489 EUROTRAC-2
5) E! 2597 EUROCARE ECH:TOPICC
6) E! 2618 RENEWFOAMS
7) E! 2619 FERM-PUMP
8) E! 2623 OPTPAPER
9) E! 2858 PLANT FOR PLANT
10) E! 2917 COMMENWOOD
11) E! 2918 ONLINE CATALOGUE
12) E! 2981 CTBSTROKE
13) E! 3094 MULTIMEDIA
14) E! 3095 LEO SATELLITE
15) E! 3117 PEONYMICROPROP
16) E! 3281 NGMR
17) E! 3296 EUROENVIRON AMSIS
18) E! 3444 ULCOP
19) E! 3446 SANDPLAST
20) E! 3474 HEALTHY MAN
21) E! 3485 SOFTWARE NP
22) E! 3809 SWEETS
1) E! 1841 EUROBOGIE
2) E! 2462 TRUS
3) E! 2622 FOREST SOIL EROSION
4) E! 3033 BIONANOCOMPOSIT
6) E! 3371 GENE TRANSFER AGENTS
7) E! 3489 HEART GUARD
8) E! 3490 HEALTHFOOD
9) E! 3691 OPTCABLES
10) E! 3726 EUROENVIRON DEGREAS
11) E! 3966 FERMFOOD
12) E! 4042 NEWGEN RADIO
13) E! 4156 CERBALL
14) E! 4161 LEAKADIN ASMF
15) E! 4168 MATT
16) E! 4438 HORTI BIOEFECT
FUNDING SYSTEM of EUREKA PROJECTS in LATVIA
There are no centralized European funds for EUREKA projects support. Each country finances its own participants of the projects. Each participant has to contact the EUREKA National project coordinator of his/her country to find out the available Funding schemes offered in his/her country.
In Latvia for Public Funding, administered by the Ministry of Education and Science, can apply:
The funding comes from the State budget “Science”.
The procedure of Public Funding is determined by “Regulations of Public Support for Execution of Projects in the Field of Research, Technology Development and Innovation in the Limits of EUREKA Programm”, Nr.678, issued by the Cabinet. The financial support is a direct subsidy. Funding is performed on a competitive basis. An applicant has to submit an application, a business plan etc. Each proposal is evaluated by at least four independent experts (scientific and economical).
The main criterion to get the subsidy is a positive evaluation of the experts. It is important that the project:
The financial support up to 50-75% of a participant's research costs is granted. The other amount has to be invested by the applying institution itself or from some other non-governmental source as a co-financing.
The highest support for a Latvian work group of one project EUREKA project is EUR130 000.00 from the eligible costs.
The eligible costs are defined as: