Complementary activities

Eureka takes part in additional complementary projects to explore ways of optimising funding programme processes for participants and national funding bodies. At the moment, we are participating in the PRO-Ethics and LEEP-SME consortia. 

LEEP-SME

Learning to enhance the exploitation potential of R&D project results

LEEP-SME is a collaborative project between funding agencies and networks working to establish best practices for proposal evaluation and monitoring procedures by funding agencies and to improve support services for SMEs in their project realisation phase.

The overall aim is that the funding agencies who choose to adopt LEEP-SME’s methodologies will see an improvement in the abilities of funding beneficiaries to realise and successfully commercialise their project results.

The project

LEEP-SME will form peer learning groups to exchange experiences in three workshops. The conclusions from these workshops will be used to develop an instruction manual (design option paper) with improved methods to best help funding beneficiaries and agencies:

  • Simplified processes for organisations applying for public funding
  • Enhanced project realisation support services
  • Optimised evaluation and monitoring methodologies

Expected benefits

We expect these methodologies to have the following positive effects:

  • High-potential projects more likely to be earmarked to receive funding
  • Avoidance of risks or crises that could prevent projects from being completed or reaching commercialisation
  • Overall improved experiences for SMEs

Eureka is a consortium member of LEEP-SME, which is led by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. The other project partners are the Foundation for the Promotion of Applied Scientific Research and Technology in Asturias (FICYT) and the Foundation FUNDECYT Scientific and Technological Park of Extremadura (FUNDECYT-PCTEX). The project will run for 12 months from 01 JUL 2020 to 30 JUN 2021 and has a budget of 50,000 euro.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No. 947783

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PRO-Ethics

Participatory real-life experiments in research and innovation funding organisations on ethics

Eureka is a partner in PRO-Ethics : a collaborative project between research funding organisations (RFOs) examining new ethical ways to involve citizens in decision-making processes and innovation activities.

The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive ethics framework, ethics guidelines and good practices for R&D funding organisations to more effectively manage ethics in innovation.

Special focus will be placed on engaging non-traditional stakeholders (citizens, public and semi-public caretakers, NGOs and social entrepreneurs).

The project

The ethics framework will be developed by applying learning loops and engaging in iterative discourse. As a core part of the project, RFOs will also test and validate the framework by carrying out 11 practical case studies and experimental pilots in three different action fields:

  • Project funding
  • Strategy development
  • Evaluation processes

Expected benefits

The project aims to find a balance between ensuring ethics principles of fairness, transparency, gender, privacy and sustainability, and participation of citizens in innovation programmes.

The results of the project could help streamline processes for those designing and improving funding programmes.


Eureka is a consortium member of PRO-Ethics, which is led by the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI). The project will run for four years from 01 JAN 2020 to 31 DEC 2023 and has a budget of almost three million euro.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No. 872441

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