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Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021

Submission Deadline: 28 June 2021

Participate in our Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021!

Fourteen countries have allocated budget to support
your ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence innovations!


The aim of this Call is to boost the productivity and competitiveness of European industries through the adoption and use of AI systems and services.


Why Participate

Benefits of participating in the Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021 include:

  • An expected success rate of 30%
  • A large network of organisations from countries in Europe and beyond (incl. Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey)
  • A flexible programme with bottom-up and market-driven idea generation, initiated by businesses and knowledge institutes
  • Free coaching from experts throughout the development and the execution of your project


AI Call 2021 Details

Call opening: 1 March 2021
Submission deadline: 28 June 2021
Open to: Large enterprises, SMEs, Research & Technology Organisations (RTOs), and Academia



Germany, BMWi, DLR- Project Management Agency

Specific National rules

BMWi funds projects with three to five German partners. Each partner must provide a significant contribution for the project. BMWi can fund all types of partners with focus of industrial partners specially SME’s. As a rule the relation between work share of industry and research should be two to one. Economic aspects of exploitation are mandatory. The results should create concrete starting points for the economic exploitation. Potential exploitation partners are to be named. Technologies already available today are to be used (Technology Readiness Levels at least 4), basic research will not be funded! The project should demonstrate technological feasibility and economic benefits for involved industries. BMWi will prioritize projects demonstrating a clear benefit of the international cooperation and for the economic site of Germany.  Detailed information is available on the website:


Eligible costs and funding rates

The indicative budget is maximum 5 Mio. € grant for one or two projects, depending on budgetary disposability. Project specific costs are eligible costs, e.g. costs for personnel, travel, materials, equipment or external development services.

Funding rates:

  • – small and medium enterprises 50 %
  • – large enterprises 40 %
  • – research centers (e.g. Fraunhofer) 90 %
  • – Universities 100 %

For more details see https://www.digitale-technologien.de/DT/Navigation/DE/Foerderaufrufe/InternationaleKooperationen/eureka-clusters/eureka_clusters.html



Germany, BMBF, DLR Project Management Agency

Budget: tbd.

Specific national rules

BMBF funding can be provided for excellent, innovative, pre-competitive, industrially driven R&D work by German sub-consortia within the framework of bilateral and multilateral European collaborative projects. The thematic priorities for funding are geared to the economic potential and fields of application or sectors in which innovations are largely driven by ICT in the area of Artificial Intelligence for software-intensive systems. Fields of application are Automotive, Mobility, Engineering, Automation, Health, Medical Technology, Logistics, Services, Energy and Environment.

Due to its complexity and its broad and highly demanding field of application, a broad-based research alliance is needed. The contribution to be made must therefore be the result of joint, transnational efforts by public institutions and private companies in Europe. Project consortia must be industry driven. The project outlines received are in competition with each other and will be evaluated in particular for excellence and application orientation.

Eligible costs

Project specific costs are eligible costs, e.g. costs for personnel, travel, materials, equipment or external development services. [...]

For proposals which mainly address innovations in electronics hardware:

Information on the funding rules can be found here: https://www.elektronikforschung.de/foerderung/bekanntmachungen/penta


Source: https://eureka-clusters-ai.eu/