The intergovernmental EUREKA initiative, which was created in 1985, brings together 46 members. The EUREKA initiative aims to encourage European competitiveness by supporting companies, research centres and universities that establish pan-European projects to develop innovative products, processes or services.
The EUREKA initiative has a ‘bottom-up' philosophy, with no imposed theme or submission deadline. The projects are led by industrial partners and market-oriented.
A consortium of at least two partners from two EUREKA member states may submit a proposal. The consortium may involve as many partners as necessary. Partners from countries that are not members of EUREKA may participate with their own funding.
In addition to submitting the project to the EUREKA initiative, applicants must submit an application for funding with FPS Research via the ONTIME portal, under penalty of being deemed ineligible. This application must be drafted in French.
The types of eligible partners include:
- Approved research centres
- University research departments
- College research departments and associated research centres.
Target audience – Eligibility criteria
A proposal is eligible if the following elements are all answered in the affirmative:
- The partnership must be formed by at least two independent organisations from two different EUREKA member states and the research budget for the partners for a given country may not exceed 70% of the total budget for the project.
- In addition to submitting the project to the EUREKA initiative, applicants must submit an application for funding with FPS Research via the ONTIME portal, under penalty of being deemed ineligible. This application must be drafted in French.
- The research budget for Walloon partner companies must correspond to at least 40% of the total budget for all the partners from Wallonia.
- Walloon industrial partners must be in good financial standing.
- Walloon participants must have a business unit in Wallonia.
- The project cannot have already received public funding.
- The subcontracting budget cannot exceed 20% of the project's total budget.
- A project cannot last for more than three years.
Assessment criteria and project selection
The assessment and selection procedure for projects comprises several stages:
- Stage 1: The proposal will be evaluated based on three criteria (quality of the proposal, technological quality and promotion) by an expert from FPS Research and, potentially, independent experts.
- Stage 2: The selected proposal will be sent to the Minister for Research
- Stage 3: EUREKA will certify the project after receiving the agreement from other funding member states.
- Stage 4: The relevant project leaders will be notified of the proposals selected for funding.
The aid is granted in the form of a subsidy or a recoverable advance, with a financing rate ranging from 40% to 100% of the budget of each partner in Wallonia, depending on the type of partner and the qualification of the research.
Recoverable advances and subsidies are intended to cover all of the costs related to conducting the research. They cover:
- staffing costs for researchers, technicians, administrators and managers;
- operating costs;
- general costs;
- cost of equipment used;
- subcontracting costs.
The agreement will last for a maximum of three years.
There is no call for this programme. An application may be submitted at any time (open call).
Preferably, an information meeting will be organised between the Walloon partners in the project and the representatives responsible for the programme within FPS Research prior to the submission of any proposal.
Projects are submitted via the ONTIME platform at the same time as they are submitted via the EUREKA initiative’s platform.
How can I contact the department who made the decision?
You may contact the administrative department that made the decision at any time, independently of the appeal procedures outlined below, in order to obtain information about why the application was rejected.
You must contact the following department:
PSW Economy, Employment and Research
Technological Research and Development Department
Place de la Wallonie, 1 (Building III), 5100 NAMUR (JAMBES)
Phone no.: +32 (0)81 33 45 32
This free process is not subject to any specific formalities and does not suspend the periods for filing an appeal. The absence of a response from the administration does not constitute acceptance of your request.
How to file an appeal
Unless the dispute can be viewed as relating to a subjective right – in which case only courts of law and legal tribunals have jurisdiction – an appeal may be submitted to the State Council, in accordance with the procedures outlined below.
Request for cancellation
Cancellation of the decision may be requested by filing a request with the State Council, either:
- electronically to https://eproadmin.raadvst-consetat.be ;
- via a signed and dated registered letter to
Section du Contentieux administratif
Rue de la Science, 33
You must submit your request within 60 calendar days from the date of notification for the disputed decision.
In your request, you must indicate the ‘reasons’ for your appeal, that is, the legal rights that have been infringed by the decision and the way in which they have been infringed.
Request for suspension
Sending a cancellation request does not suspend the effects of the decision.
If an emergency arises which is incompatible with the processing of the case, and if a serious argument is manifestly likely to lead to the cancellation, you may file a request to suspend the decision with the State Council.
The request for suspension may be submitted before, at the same time as, or after sending the request for cancellation.
In exceptional cases, and under specific conditions, you may also request the suspension of the decision in cases of extreme emergency.
Requests for cancellation and suspension requests are only valid if they contain certain annexes and information. Reference is made to the coordinated laws and decrees mentioned below, which are available at http://www.raadvst-consetat.be (‘Procedure’ section).
Each requesting party must pay a fee of €200 (amount as of 9 January 2017), using a transfer form that will be sent to the party after the appeal is received. Payment is not currently subject to any deadline and the payment of the sum may be made at any time before the closure of the dispute.
Find out more: laws on the State Council, coordinated on 12 January 1973, Regent Decree of 23 August 1948 determining the procedure before the administrative disputes department of the State Council, Royal Decree of 5 December 1991 determining interlocutory proceedings before the State Council, which are available at http://www.raadvst-consetat.be (“procedure” section).
Mandatory annexes: Financial documents of companies, signature of depositaries
Optional appendices: Figures - drawings - diagrams