ITEA is one of the seven thematic clusters of the EUREKA programme. Its objective is to stimulate and support innovation and R&D pre-competitiveness in Software-intensive Systems and Services (SiSS) which contribute to the excellence of European industries.

The ITEA cluster supports business-oriented technically innovative collaborative projects coordinated by manufacturers. 

The projects selected in the frame of the ITEA cluster do not receive any funding from this organisation but a label. They are financed by national funding agencies (Innoviris for Brussels) according to their own specific funding rules.

The projects must meet all of the eligibility criteria defined by the ITEA programme.
Furthermore, in order to obtain funding, each partner must meet the eligibility criteria defined by its national funding agency. 

For Brussels enterprises, the financing conditions are as follows.


ITEA programme criteria
  • the project submitted must be written in English

  • at least two independent legal entities located in two EUREKA member countries must be part of the project

  • the lead participant must be established in a EUREKA member country or in an associated country.


Innoviris' criteria:
  • develop all or some of its activities within the territory covered by the Brussels-Capital Region

  • present an innovative RDI project likely to have a favourable impact on employment and/or sustainable development of the Brussels-Capital Region

  • show one's ability to finance one's share in the project

  • have fulfilled its obligations in the context of previous support initiatives allocated by the Region. 

Applications must be submitted after the project's labelling by ITEA. Applications may be submitted to Innoviris via the Explore or Shape measures using the form available in the French and Dutch version of the website.


Type of financial intervention

Aid may be allocated as a grant or in the form of a recoverable advance.


Rate of financial intervention (maximum)


  Industrial research Experimental development Innovation in procedures


Grant                  Advance


Micro enterprise/Small enterprise


45%                       60%


Medium enterprise


35%                      50%


Large enterprise


25%                      40%


The basic rate may be increased by 15% in the case of actual cooperation with a Belgian or foreign company. The rate of intervention is limited to 80%.

Research organisations (universities and higher education institutions) may also benefit from ITEA aid

Financial aid for the preparation of your ITEA project may be obtained via Connect.


Contact and additional information

For further information about the ITEA programme, consult the detailed sheet presenting the ITEA programme or the ITEA website.


Innoviris contact person


Marianne Da Silva

International Projects Advisor

Industrial Research and Innovation Team

Tel. +32 2 600 50 20