EUROGIA2020 PO Day in Dusseldorf - March 13, 2017


EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies, is organising a brokerage event in Dusseldorf, Germany on March 13, 2017 within Energy Storage Europe 2017

This event supported by NRC (National Research Council Canada) aims to bring Canadian Energy Industry together  with its European counterparts to generate transnational energy technology projects.The main theme of the brokerage event will be energy storage; however, participants focusing on other energy technology fields are also encouraged to join. 


EUROGIA2020 is a European-based industrial Cluster of the EUREKA network supporting innovative, industry-driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of Low-Carbon Energy Technologies. EUROGIA2020 stimulates and facilitates R&D projects in an open community of stakeholders. Since 2008, this cluster has enabled the development of 41 projects involving a broad spectrum of technologies from cost-effective energy sources to enabling technologies.


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has launched an action plan to facilitate Canadian SME participation in EUREKA Cluster Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) projects. Select SMEs and research organizations may be supported to attend the EUROGIA2020 Project Outline (PO) event taking place on March 13, immediately preceding the Energy Storage Europe 2017 Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany. Read More

Participation is free of charge and participants are requested to register before March 3, 2017.  For further information, please contact

EUROGIA2020 is supported by 20 EUREKA Member and Associated Countries

Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, South Africa,Turkey and UK.

EUROGIA2020 is led by key energy technology companies

EUROGIA2020 is led by key energy technology and management companies: Air Liquide, Acciona Energia,  Bureau Veritas, CARDTEK Group, DCNS, ENGIE, General Electric, Leading Enterprises, SAFT, and ZOZ.

Key Milestones in Spain & EUROGIA relations


Spain ranks second most active EUROGIA2020 country after France. Let`s have a quick look at the key milestones in Spain - EUROGIA relations.

The interest of Spanish industry for EUROGIA gradually increased by the time the industry acknowledged EUROGIA as the tool for true partnerships. CDTI  was a strong support through this journey and its attractive soft loan scheme was the key reason of high Spanish involvement in EUROGIA project calls. Moreover, EUROGIA Spanish Board Members Acciona Energia and Leading Enterprises improved this high success rate by generating good quality projects with partners from other EUREKA Countries.



EUROGIA2020 & MERIC: Expanding Horizons



EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies, aims to expand its horizons through collaboration with MERIC (Marine Energy Research & Innovation Centre) in Chile. EUROGIA2020 is a bottom-up, industry driven, market oriented EUREKA programme, which addresses all areas of the energy mix, from renewable energy to efficiency, and reduction of carbon footprint of fossil fuels.

As an 8-year project initiated by Enel Green Power and DCNS, a EUROGIA2020 Board Member Company, MERIC is designed to be an innovation hub for marine renewables both in Chile and in global arena. 

Sharing the same ambitions brought EUROGIA2020 and MERIC together and they signed a Memorandum of Understanding to initiate collaboration and to generate transnational energy technology projects in the field of marine renewables and beyond.


MERIC is supported by Chilean Government`s economic development organisation CORFO  (Corporación de Fomento de la Producción), as well as by the Chilean development organisation Fundación Chile and the R&D Foundation INRIA Chile.MERIC joined forces with EUROGIA2020 to bring marine renewable energy technologies to a new level with the aim of achieving its ambitious yet feasible goal: becoming the global leader in marine renewables.

The centre will focus on six domains during its 8-year mandate:  Marine resource assessment, site characterization, bio-fouling, bio-corrosion, environmental and social impact, and technology adaptation to extreme ocean conditions.  Distinctive Chilean sea conditions will allow MERIC experts to tackle maintenance problem, which is entailed as a major technology challenge by EUROGIA2020 Technology Roadmap for marine renewables, especially for Ocean Wave Power Generation.

A new EUREKA initiative: Global Stars

Chile is soon to join EUREKA Family with a new initiative entitled Global Stars, enabling the cooperation with non - EUREKA Countries.  Main funding agency behind MERIC, CORFO ( Corporación de Fomento de la Producción) signed a declaration of intent with EUREKA for a multi-lateral joint call within the scope of Global Stars. EUROGIA2020 aims to carry out the cooperation with MERIC under the umbrella Global Stars and actively participate in the pilot calls.



5 goals to achieve during the EUREKA Spanish Chairmanship


5 goals to achieve during the EUREKA Spanish Chairmanship (2016 - 2017)

EUROGIA2020 Board put froward ambitious yet feasible goals that will inspire the energy industry during the EUREKA Spanish Chairmanship (2016 - 2017).  

Spain is the leading EUROGIA2020 country in terms of project submission and EUROGIA2020  has the objective of turning this local interest into a broader one, encompassing all the EUREKA Member and Associated countries.

EUROGIA2020 Goals 2016 -2017

- Integrating Research and Technology Organisations into EUROGIA Board : EUROGIA2020 aims to have RTOs from key EUROGIA2020 supporting countries as full members in order to have balanced country  representation in its Board and to extend its activities beyond industry. Development oriented RTOs  from Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Turkey with project generation capacity are invited to join EUROGIA2020 Board. 

- Implementing Rotating EUROGIA2020 Chairmanship: EUROGIA2020 adopted rotating chairmanship for its Board with the aim of giving responsibility as well as the visibility to each of its Board Members.  EUREKA Spanish Chairmanship (2016 -2017)  will mark the first year of this adopted action.  Laurent Midrier, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation from Bureau Veritas, is assigned as the first Rotating Chairman of EUROGIA2020 Board for year 2016 -2017.

- Extending EUROGIA2020 Activities in Spain : EUROGIA2020 has two active Spanish Board Members : Acciona Energy and Leading Enterprises in its Board both in terms of project submission and commitment to EUROGIA2020 activities. EUROGIA2020 encourages new Spanish Energy Technology Companies to join EUROGIA2020 Board and to bring their expertise. This will help improve the Spanish success rate within EUROGIA2020, which already stands as an example for other EUREKA Countries.

- Internationalisation of EUROGIA2020 - Chile, the first target country :  Chile is soon to join EUREKA Family with a new initiative entitled Global Stars, enabling the cooperation with non - EUREKA Countries. EUROGIA2020  signed an Memorandum of Understanding with MERIC in Chile (Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center) to pave the way for collaborations and generate transnational projects with their participation. EUROGIA2020 will provide its full support in Chile`s EUREKA journey and aim to actively participate in pilot calls. 

-EUROGIA2020 moves forward to new territories - Circular Economy : EUROGIA2020 will give special focus on circular economy,a field beyond its Technology Roadmap.  Valorization of waste and recycling key materials will help European Industry remain competitive in a world where Europe`s share of industrial output is shrinking. It is critical that industry industry takes the lead in putting world on a more sustainable path. This objective endorsed by COP21 will be promoted and supported by transnational EUROGIA2020 projects. Energy Storage and Smart Cities, which is a joint EUREKA Cluster Initiative, will continue to be core activity areas during Spanish EUREKA Chairmanship. 

Job advertisement ESE Head of Secretariat




EUREKA is a European inter-governmental political initiative with the overall aim to raise the productivity and competitiveness of Europe’s industries and national economies in the global market by supporting market-oriented R&D&I projects by industry, research centers and universities across all technological sectors. The Eureka-network unites 40 member countries and the European Union as its 41st member. As Associated countries participate South Korea, Canada and South Africa. It is chaired by one of the member states on an annual, rotational basis.


Further details of the EUREKA Initiative can be found at   


The EUREKA Network is supported by the EUREKA Secretariat (ESE) which provides administrative support to the Chair and the participating countries.


The EUREKA Chair is now seeking a person to manage the EUREKA Secretariat and to develop the services to support the Chair and the network at operational level. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the efficiency of the Secretariat, includingthe IT services, keeping costs and bureaucracy to the minimum and motivating a high quality staff.


The EUREKA Secretariat is located in Brussels with a team of more than 30 international staff members.


The EUREKA Secretariat:


-       supports all activitiesof the EUREKA Chair and the Network

-       implement the Eurostars Programme and supports all the other EUREKA instruments (as for today Clusters,

     Eureka-Innovest, Network projects and Umbrellas)

-       works together  with the member countries to develop the future role of EUREKA


The Head of the EUREKA Secretariat, under the instruction of the governing bodies of EUREKA, is entrusted with:


-       assisting the EUREKA Chair in preparing and implementing its annual programme

-       keeping contacts with participating countries and the European Commission

-       implementation of the Eurostars Programme

-       development and renewal of EUREKA in collaboration with the Network


The Head of the EUREKA Secretariat, among its 'independent' duties, is entrusted with:


-       the daily management of the Secretariat (people management, work plan, etc)

-       implements the Annual Resource Plan of the Secretariat


As for the “EUREKA Secretariat AISBL”, the Head of the ESE is entrusted with:


-       day to day administrative management of the Association

-       administrative implementation of EUROSTARS





EDUCATION: A university degree, preferably in industry-relevant science or economics





-       At least 10 years of professional experience in business, industry and/or public administration, several years of which are at

    an international level

-       At least 5 years of senior management experience

-       Experience in dealing with national/multilateral/European R&D&I issues. Running research and development programs would

    be considered as an advantage

-       Experience in developing and changing organizations is an advantage

-       Experience from working with industrial R&D&I is an advantage




High level of fluency in English (written and oral), the main working language of the organization, is a must. Good level in French (written and oral), as all the Association documents are in French. A good level of fluency in other European languages will be considered as an advantage.




The successful candidate should display the highest standards of ethical conduct and behavior consistent with the EUREKA Initiative values of integrity, impartiality and discretion.


-       proven management skills

-       organizational skills

-       sound knowledge of the operation of national/European R&D&I policies and multilateral innovation activities

-       outstanding creative thinking competencies

-       excellent interpersonal, communication skills and presentation abilities

-       service and team oriented

-       proven experience in managing a large team




This full time position is offered for a 4-year contract with a possibility of a single prolongation for another 4 years, under Belgian employment legislation and tax regime.


The place of work is Brussels, Belgium. The Head of ESE is supposed to spend most of his/her time in the office. However, the job requires a significant amount of time to travel.


Taking into account the scope of responsibilities, the level or remuneration will be in line with that of a comparable high level position.


A policy of equal opportunities and non-discrimination will be applied.


For further information on the application procedure, please contact:


Please, send your duly signed application in English including a detailed CV and cover letter in pdf file format via e-mail to the following dedicated e-mail address: The deadline for receiving submissions is the 2nd of September 2016, 12:00 a.m. Applications received after the given deadline will be disregarded.

Supporting documents (e.g. certified copies of degrees/diplomas, references, proof of experience, etc.) should not be submitted with the application. These should be sent, upon request, at a later stage of the selection procedure. The interviews with 5-7 selected candidates will be held in Brussels on the 4-5th ofOctober 2016. The selected candidate is expected to start his/her work on the month of January 2017.

ITEA PO Days 2016 13-14 September, Paris


Opening 3rd ITEA 3 Call for projects

ITEA PO Days 2016 – 13-14 September, Paris



On 13 September, ITEA 3 Call 3 will open in conjunction with the ITEA Project Outline (PO) Preparation Days in Paris on 13 and 14 September 2016.

The ITEA PO Days is the perfect way to get a flying start in preparing for an ITEA Project Outline. Why?

§  “   A network is built from people and when you get to know them, you can know who to trust and you can build a consortium from that. Without meeting the people in person, this is more complicated”, according to Pasi Kuvaja of the University of Oulu who attended the PO Days since their very beginning in 1998;

§         The numbers show: 74% of the submitted ITEA 3 Call 2 POs resulted from the PO Days 2015. Similar results have been measured over the past few years;

§        You are able to present your project idea(s) or learn about project ideas in the poster session and during the pitch sessions and then discuss project ideas in workgroup sessions with those interested to be part of the project;

§        You can meet companies from all over the world in one spot, most probably the EUREKA associated countries Canada, South Korea, and South Africa as well;

§         You can learn from best practices presented by the ITEA Office and see how the ITEA Office can support you during the full project lifetime.

PO Days registration

If you are interested in participating in the PO Days 2016, please fill in the online registration form via the PO 2016 Days website.

The participation fee for the PO Days is 100 euro, VAT excluded (non-refundable). Public Authorities are exempted from this fee.

Note: to participate in the PO Days you need to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Get started now!

You can already get started for this Call by using the ITEA Project Idea tool, the partner search and message board. It is highly recommended to start shaping project idea(s) and identifying potential partners in advance to optimise your preparation period. During the PO Days you can then further define your project idea(s) in the different sessions and meet (new) consortium members face-to-face.

This set of tools will also support you in preparing your project outline when you are interested in participating in our third Call but not able to come to Paris.

About ITEA

ITEA is the EUREKA Cluster programme supporting innovative, industry-driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of Software-intensive Systems & Services. ITEA stimulates projects in an open community of large industry, SMEs, universities, research institutes and user organisations. ITEA is open to participants worldwide. For more information: About ITEA & Call process.


ITEA Office
Tel: +31 88 003 6136

Spain - France Seminar on R&D in the domain of Smart Grids and Storage


Spain and France are organising a joint event in the fields of smart grids and energy storage on June 29th, 2016. Gabriel Marquette, General Manager of EUROGIA2020, is participating at this R&D event as a speaker with the aim of presenting EUROGIA2020 actvities to French and Spanish Industry.

Smart Grids and Energy Storage recently became hot topics  and recently many international project proposals were generated in these fields as they address fluctuating supply of energy from renewable energy sources. Gabriel Marquette will present how EUROGIA could help international smart grid and energy storage projects access funds in their respective countries.

Please see below the event programme : 
H2020 Smart Grid ES_FR agenda-IN v2.3 (321.45KB)



Sinem Altuncu, CFO of CARDTEK Group, became the new Secretary General of EUROGIA


Sinem Altuncu, CFO of CARDTEK Group, was selected as the new Secretary General of EUROGIA on June 10th, 2016. Sinem began her career in banking sector and served in several roles including branch manager and resident vice president at CITIBANK, before having become CFO at CARDTEK in 2010. 

CARDTEK Group became very active in EUREKA Clusters under the leadership of Sinem and generated many transnational projects in CELTIC-Plus and ITEA Clusters. In early 2015 Cardtek Group joined EUROGIA Board with the aim of generating  proposals in the fields of energy efficiency and management. 

Sinem will provide broad support to EUROGIA team, notably she will supervise the next EUROGIA information day and brokerage events taking place before the end of 2016. 



The Netherlands lends its support to EUROGIA2020


DEI Funding Programme – Perfect fit for EUROGIA2020 Participants in the Netherlands

Brussels, BELGIUM – 22/04/2016: As a result of discussions with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the Netherlands declares its support for EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies and DEI programme will serve as a national funding platform for the Dutch Participants of EUROGIA2020 Projects.

DEI (Demonstration Energy Innovation) programme gives priority to the fields such as Gas, Energy Storage, Smart Grids, Offshore Wind and Solar Energy which are covered by the EUROGIA2020 Technology Roadmap and providing the basis for building strong cooperation between two instruments.

Although DEI programme is dedicated to funding Dutch organizations only, transnational cooperation is encouraged and therefore project proposals including international partners will be supported.

Dutch Participants of EUROGIA2020 projects, which successfully complete EUROGIA2020 project submission process, are invited to apply for DEI programme to enable the access of their high quality EUROGIA2020 project to public funds in the Netherlands.

DEI programme aims to support

-  the demonstration of new energy technologies and  new applications
-  permanent installation /investment
-  direct contribution to renewable energy production or energy saving  
-  only new investments

So far more than 20 projects met DEI criteria and approximately received 30M Euros of subsidies. The budget for year 2016 is determined as 44M Euros with a maximum budget of 6M Euros per project.

Why EUROGIA2020?
EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies, supports and promotes innovative energy technologies with the aim of mitigating climate change.

Two  calls  for  projects  are  launched  each  year  and  every  call  has  a  two-step  project submission process, through which project proposals are assessed and receive recommendations from EUROGIA2020 Technical Committee. Proposals completing evaluation steps receive EUROGIA2020 label and accordingly apply for public funds in EUREKA Countries where projects are operated.

EUROGIA2020 has an excellent track record with 37 project representing 200M Euros since 2008.

For further information, please contact:

EUREKA Dutch NPC                                                       EUROGIA Head of Secretariat and EU Affairs
Mr MikeTimmermans                                                      Ms Nil Atmaca                                      
Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( RVO)                            EUROGIA2020



Learn more about Smart Specialisation Platform


The S3P-Energy is a joint initiative of the Directorates-General for Regional and Urban Policy, Energy, and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The S3P-Energy is planned to become an enabling tool for regions to coordinate, rationalise and plan their respective energy strategies, develop a shared vision on knowledge-based energy policy development, and set up a strategic agenda of collaborative work. 

The main objective of the S3P-Energy is to support the optimal and effective uptake of the Cohesion Policy funds for energy, and to better align energy innovation activities at national, local and regional level through the identification of the technologies and innovative solutions that support in the most cost-effective way the EU energy policy priorities. The S3P-Energy will contribute the EU energy policy priorities by facilitating partnerships between EU regions that have identified renewable energy technologies and innovative energy solutions as their smart specialisation priorities and by promoting alignment between local, regional, national and European activities on energy sustainability, competitiveness and security of supply.

Further information, please visit