The State of Israel will chair EUREKA for the next 12 months, since July 2010 until June 2011.
Israel is due to host 6 EUREKA official meetings over the next 12 months in Tel Aviv, Eilat, Haifa, Nazereth and Jerusalem. See list of official meetings of the Israeli Eureka chairmanship
The Israeli chairmanship, led by MATIMOP and the Office of the Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, will focus on intensifying interest and value in the EUREKA platform. Leveraging Israeli best practices in innovation management and financing instruments, a special focus will be dedicated to developing new models and sources of funding for EUREKA industrial participants, in particular small and medium enterprises and start-up companies.
EUREKA, the pan-European R&D funding and coordination organization, aims to coordinate efforts of governments, research institutes and commercial companies concerning innovation. The Eureka Chair rotates yearly among it’s member countries, with a mandate running from July to June the following year.
Founded in 1985 to challenge the increasing migration of R&D and industrial innovation to Asian and North-American countries, Eureka now unites 40 member countries.
Together, they promote international, market-oriented research and innovation through the support they offer to small and medium-sized enterprises, large industry, universities and research institutes. Through EUREKA, these organizations are introducing new products, processes and services to market, helping make Europe economically strong and socially sound.
Israel joined Eureka in 2000
Priorities of the Israeli Chairmanship:
- Improve innovation support services to industrial members, start-up firms, R&D companies and key stakeholders by developing partnerships and alliances.
- Incorporate new financing models and motivate investors to invest in predominant EUREKA projects.
- Work in tandem with EUREKA strategic instruments primarily the EUREKA Clusters to contend with grand challenges in fields such as climate change, security, energy, and environment.
- Develop a continuation scheme for Eurostars through enhanced collaboration with network members, the European Commission and the ESE.
- Expand global cooperation strategy, implementing international cooperation with new countries and networks