Clusters are collaboration platforms established where at least 3 local offices of EUNIC members operate together. Clusters can operate nationwide or city-wide. A EUNIC cluster represents the whole of EUNIC and not only those members present in a country/location.
EUNIC clusters pool resources, exchange best practice and collaborate with local, national and international organisations to build trust and understanding across cultures. Clusters are the backbone of the network and its delivery arm.
EUNIC clusters vary in size from as few as 3 members to over 20 members. There are currently 105 EUNIC clusters worldwide (in 81 countries), classified in three main groups. EUNIC adopted this classification in 2016, inspired by the European Commission’s approach to working with countries around the world:
The EU and its Neighbourhood: comprising the EU (including Norway as well as candidate and potential candidate countries), the EU Neighbourhood - EAST, the EU Neighbourhood – SOUTH and the Balkans.
EEAS Strategic countries: Composed of the 10 strategic partner countries of the EU as well as other middle-income countries with whom the EU has trade and investment interests.
DEVCO countries: Covering those countries where the EU provides assistance in terms of development cooperation.
The Cluster has three categories of membership: Full members, Associate members and Partners.
Full members: Local offices of EUNIC Full members. If a EUNIC Full member does not have a local office in, then its headquarters may nominate a representative to act on their behalf as a full member.
Associate members: Organisations which subscribe to the purposes of EUNIC but are not eligible for full membership.
Partners: Locally based organisations that work with the Cluster in the design and implementation of cluster projects, for example the EU Delegations/ European Commission Representations.
Members may terminate their affiliation to the Cluster by giving [three months] written notice to the president of the Cluster. The cluster President will then inform the EUNIC Global office.
The General Assembly held in December 2016 approved a new process to establish a EUNIC cluster. At least three full-members of EUNIC are required to set up a cluster.Guide to setting up a cluster
The new process for establishing a EUNIC cluster begins with the development of a cluster strategy. You can view and download the suggested strategy template below. Once ready, submit it to EUNIC Global office together with the application form included in the document: How to set up a cluster (TO: email@example.com, CC: firstname.lastname@example.org)SWOT analysis templateCluster Strategy Template
The Charter establishes the cluster and defines its main aspects. After submission of the three-year cluster strategy, the General Assembly will decide on the approval of the cluster. If approved by the General Assembly, the next step will be for all full-members of the cluster to sign the Cluster Charter. Once signed, the cluster representative has to send a scanned copy of it to the EUNIC Global office for formal registration.Cluster Charter Template 2017Cluster Charter FAQ
EUNIC Cluster Fund is financed with the voluntary contributions of EUNIC Members. It only co-finances projects designed and implemented by EUNIC Clusters to deliver their three-year cluster strategies. Find below all the information about upcoming and past calls, as well as the evaluation report of the previous edition of the Cluster Fund (2012-2015) Call for proposals 2017 (in preparation) Call for proposals 2016 (EN) (FR) (closed) Budget template Results and explanatory note Detailed results EUNIC Cluster fund evaluation report 2012-2015