Project overview

The NearUS initiative will establish a Network of European Research and Innovation Centres throughout the United States. It will act as a central contact point for European research and innovation actors seeking to grow and reinforce collaboration across the Atlantic. The mission of the Network is to provide standardised as well as tailor-made, research & innovation internationalisation support services to European researchers and innovators, to accelerate access to the US market, and maximise chances of success. The initiative started in April 2017.

NearUS targets to serve the following actors:

  • Accelerators
  • Incubators
  • Research Parks
  • Businesses
  • Networks
  • SME’s
  • Clusters
  • R&D institutes and labs
  • Start-ups
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Research managers and administrators
  • Universities
  • Funding Agencies
  • University Associations

The NearUS Network will include the following entities:

  • One “Coordination Node” in Europe (at EBN, Brussels)
  • One “Coordination Node” in the US (at InBIA)
  • Two physical “Landing Hubs”:
    • San Francisco Centre: NearUS West Coast Landing Hub (managed by EAEC)
    • Boston Centre: NearUS East Coast Landing Hub (managed by InBIA)
  • Five Associate Hubs across the US, and plans to expand the NearUS Network beyond these first five Hubs, over four years.

The NearUS Network is built on local US experience and strong existing ties between the EU and US, while providing new researcher- and entrepreneur-serving capabilities which address the resource gaps necessary to enable access for all EU Member States and Associated Countries, as well as every state in the US.

A variety of services are proposed for researchers and entrepreneurs engaged by the Network during the pilot phase, then the Centres’ pilot activities will be evaluated to inevitably retain the initiative’s most successful components to ensure a sustainable plan for NearUS in the future.

Services will target various, commercially viable technology maturity levels (Research2Research, Research2Market and Business2Business stages) and will include research connection symposia, business matchmaking opportunities, working visits and innovation tours to US organisations to explore technology/product partnerships and/or business development middle / long term opportunities, pitching to potential investors, entrepreneurial bootcamps, work space access, hands on business acceleration programmes, and more. As the NearUS initiative is highly competitive to best serve the strongest researchers and entrepreneurs, all services must be applied for through an open and transparent selective mechanism.

60 associated partners in the EU and US support the NearUS Network, with more associated partners expected in the future.

NearUS Consortium:
Coordinator: German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

> inno TSD, France
> European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), Brussels
> International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), USA
> European American Enterprise Council (EAEC), USA
> INTRASOFT International (INTRA), Luxembourg
> Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI), Portugal
> Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development (RCISD), Hungary
> National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), USA