What is Eurostars?
Eurostars is the first European funding and support programme for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across all sectors.
The programme provides funding for market-orientated research & development produced by SMEs. The Eurostars Programme encourages international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding.
Eurostars takes a ‘bottom-up' approach to project generation. Projects can address any technological area and should be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.
- A Eurostars project is collaborative, meaning it must involve at least two participants from two different Eurostars member countries.
- The lead partner must be an R&D performing SME (10% of turnover or 10% of staff time dedicated to R&D activities)
- The consortium should be well balanced, which means that no participant or country will be required to invest more than 75% of the total project costs
- R&D performing SMEs have to undertake at least 50% of the total R&D project costs
- Project duration is 36 months or less
- Market introduction is foreseen within 2 years after the project has ended, with the exception being biomedical or medical projects, where clinical trials must be started within two years of project completion.
- Academics/universities and large companies are welcome to participate in a Eurostars project, but must fund their own participation or use funds from other sources.
- UK participants are eligible for up to 50% funding on eligible costs, with a maximum grant level per UK participant of 300,000 EUR.
- Companies must have been trading for over 12 months.
- Eurostars is open for funding applications on a continuous basis, with an average of two application submission deadlines each year.
How is it funded?
Eurostars projects are funded primarily through national funding schemes and the amount of money available varies between countries. UK participants in a successful Eurostars project are funded through the [hyperlink] Technology Strategy Board.
Eurostars is open for funding applications on a continuous basis, with an average of two application submission deadlines each year.