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Cluster Grant Scheme results are out - 6 EaP clusters awarded!

The EaP+ Cluster Grant Scheme results have been finalised! 6 EaP Cluster organisations were chosen to receive a grant up until 10 000 € for cooperation activities with their respective EU cluster partners.

Cluster grant scheme and evaluation criteria

The EaP PLUS Grant Scheme (2017) is designed to enhance EU-EaP research and innovation partnerships through cluster and cluster-like organisation cooperation. In total, six grants of up to 10.000€ were offered to EaP clusters or cluster-like legal entities or organisations. The grants cover the expenses of the cooperative activity of the EaP and their EU partner clusters and are allocated on a competitive basis following the evaluation by the EaP project representatives.

The evaluation of the selection committee was based on three main criteria:

  • Closeness of the EaP and EU cluster or emerging cluster-like organisation in meeting the European definition of a cluster.
  • Soundness of the research and innovation activities of the EU and EaP cluster and cluster-like organisations.
  • Potential of the EaP cluster or cluster-like organisation in creating a sustainable long-term cooperation with a European cluster, and expected impact of the grant scheme activity in sustaining and/or developing this cooperation.


Overall 29 applications were received in response to the call.

All the applications were evaluated based on the 3 criteria listed above.

The following Clusters were deemed to have the best applications with the highest potential for a successful long-term cooperation as well as research and innovation activities:

EaP Country

EaP Cluster

EU Cluster


Precrapathian eco-energy cluster

SolarTech Nonprofit Ltd. (ArchEnerg Cluster), Hungary


Association of Industrial Automation of Ukraine

The Polish Research and Development Cluster of the Internet of Things - Lublin Science and Technology Park, Poland


Energy and Biomass Cluster

GREEN ENERGY Innovative Biomass Cluster, Romania


Polessky State University

Logistics and Transport North - South, Poland


Engineering Academy of Armenia

Transylvanian Mechanical Engineering Cluster - TMEC, Romania


Georgian Tourism Association

Cluster Montagne, France

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